Petty says one of the keys to this season for the Hatchets with such small numbers on the team will be all four members working together every day to get better.
“The chemistry is good,” Petty said. “They are four good girls, they want to be golfers and they want to be good players — that means a lot.”
Heading into the 2013 season, North Daviess coach Brett Melton is just hoping for some continuity and sustained health throughout the roster. 2012 got off to a bumpy start when No. 1 golfer Cassie Knepp broke her foot ending her season before it started. With Knepp back in the fold, the Cougars have their sights set on a sectional championship.
“It was a huge blow early on for us,” Melton said. “Some of the girls were able to gain experience that wouldn’t normally have gotten on the course in her absence.”
North Daviess will be led by seniors Meghan Knepp, Maggie Swartzentruber, Cassie Knepp and Kirsten Madsen, while getting contributions from various underclassmen. The Cougars will field a team of 11 players, which Melton said should bring an atmosphere of competition in each practice.
“They have been there before, and there is no substitute for experience,” Melton said. “I think they might realize this is their last go-round, and they will only get to do this one last time, and their high school golfing career will be over.”
Entering the season with a veteran-laden squad, Melton said the Cougars have the capacity to achieve all their goals if they stay focused on each hole.
“Every girl has the capability, whether they get in the mind frame will be the test,” Melton said. “Golf is one of the hardest games you can ever play. Mentally and physically, I don’t think people realize how hard it is physically until you actually walk 18 holes and carry a 30-pound bag. If they’re able to overcome that both mentally and physically, I set a goal for us to be top three in the sectional, and I think that is very doable this year.”