If the new school year is on the horizon, then one thing has already happened — high school girls golf is back.
Washington and North Daviess will kick off its 2013 season today in the Washington Invitational at Country Oaks in what hopes to be a better season than 2012.
Washington’s numbers have dwindled to only four varsity players, but coach Morris Petty sees great talent in all four of his players. Juniors Natalya Meinhart and Cheyenne Jones will try to take the next step after gaining two years of experience, while underclassmen Haven Lunsford (sophomore) and Alayna Purcell (freshman) attempt to hone their skills to compete on the varsity level.
“We don’t have much margin for error — that’s the bad news,” Petty said. “The good news is we have four quality players. We feel like we can compete with anyone on our schedule and compete in the state tournament as well. Natalya (Minehart) is going to start as our No. 1, she’s very talented. She needs to become more consistent, but she’s got a chance to be the best player in the area. Cheyenne (Jones) hits the ball farther than any girl I’ve ever coached — she’s extremely long. She can crush a golf ball, but she needs to work on her short game, but she has loads and loads of potential — she’ll be our No. 2.”
With the small numbers this season for the Hatchets, Washington needs Lunsford and Purcell to produce immediately this season for any chance of completing its goal of winning a sectional championship. Lunsford is only a sophomore, but already has one year of varsity experience under her belt.
“Haven (Lunsford) is not particularily long, but she is very accurate,” Petty said. “Right now, she is probably our best player from 100 yards in. At the end of last year she was pretty good, and her putting has gotten much better and she needs to get a little longer off the tee, but her game is pretty solid. Alayna (Purcell) is struggling with her swing a little bit, but the last couple practice we have made some changes. All I can really expect out of her, at least early in the year is to make bogey’s — if you make bogey’s, you’re going to make par’s every once in a while. She works hard at it, and she wants to be good — that’s half the battle.”