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August 6, 2013

Girls golf ready to tee off

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As someone who enjoys golf a great deal and has had personal success on the course, Melton said he tries to identify certain things in each girls game to help bring about success.

“I try to make it fun for them, I don’t want them to think it’s a life or death experience out there for them,” Melton said. “I want them to go out there and have fun and play golf. There is a fine line between being relaxed and getting focused. You don’t want them to go out there and be so relaxed and not take it seriously. You would like them to not feel pressure and be focused enough that they play at their proper level.”

Melton believes competition can bring out the best in his players, and there are serveral other players hoping to get on the course on the varsity level. Juniors MaKayla Spears and Mattie Wagler, sophomore Hannah O’Haver, and freshman Madeleine Riggins and Abby Cecil are the future of the program.

“There is no spot that is guaranteed,” Melton said. “I believe you earn your spots — every girl is going to have an opportunity day in and day out. We are going to try every girl at some point in the lineup.”

North Daviess will play in the Washington Invitational today at Country Oaks, and Melton said the first match will be more of a gauge to see where the team is to start the season. Melton hopes the Cougars can build on each match and get better every day on their way to achieving some of the goals they have set.

“Getting to the regional as a team is a goal for us and I think that’s doable,” Melton said.

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