Girls Golf: 7 Down, 4 To Go
Undefeated. That has been the girls golf team record for several of their seasons, as their total win-lose-tie record is 75-5-2 since 2010 and senior co-captains Sara Colley and Maddie Loverich hope to take the team into yet another undefeated season. Braving all the elements, you will find our seven varsity girls practicing at Wing Point Country Club to continue the legacy.
The Bainbridge High School varsity girls golf team has always been strong, evidenced not only by their regular season record, but by their postseason performance, regularly snagging the Metro League titles. Last year, all five Bainbridge competitors finished in the top 25 of the league tournament and Colley and Loverich hope to reclaim that title once more.
The team is coached by Ian Havill and Bainbridge High School’s own Tom Zuzelski. Loverich attributes the success of the team to these two coaches.
“They are both so knowledgeable, and I feel like the advanced coaching we get is what sets us apart from other teams.” Mr. Zuzelski has been coaching for three years, Mr. Havill for eight and together they have been coaching first year golfers and taking them to state by their junior or senior years multiple times. Both coaches work on teaching good habits to the golfers especially when it comes to their short game. Short game is considered putting and chipping which is critical for scoring as the stokes can quickly add up. Since golf is such a mental sport, it is critical for players to develop strong routines early on.
“Golf it a lifetime sport so you can play until the day you die” Colley said. With the proper techniques Mr. Zuzelski and Mr. Havill instill on the players, they enable the girls to be able to play well for ages.
As captains, Colley and Loverich strive to create a strong team of not only teammates, but of friends. They believe that if good team chemistry exists, they will perform better during matches. In addition, they act as a liaison between the coach and the players to communicate their strengths and weaknesses during the week. They frequently plan team bonding activities and dinners. Clearly their hard work must be paying off due to their great record thus far.
Despite losing two strong players, Kiera Havill and Taylor Tye, Colley is confident in their abilities this year. Not only did they gain new players, everyone on the team has improved their performance from last year. Junior Lucy Hanacek got an impressive two birdies in a row during a match and sophomores Madison Culp and Kendall Havill are the two highest scorers on the team. Given their age, they’ll be able to continue to carry the program once Colley and Loverich graduate. In addition to Culp and Havill, Colley pointed out the strong promise of freshman Anna Kozlosky who has been scoring very well this season.
One of the more difficult things for the girls golf season is that districts are in the spring, while their season ends in October. Many of the girls on the team including the two captains play multiple sports, such as fast pitch, and find it difficult to juggle the two sports. Even so, Colley believes they are “looking relatively solid.”
Even though Colley states that “golf may be boring to watch on tv” she also believes that her decision to try out was “one of the better [ones] I have made.” If you want to see for yourself, Bainbridge has two more home matches this regular season, notably one against Garfield this Monday (10/9) at 3:30pm. Colley and Loverich urge you to come watch the matches, as they are very fun, not only for the players but for the spectators as well. They hope to see you out at Wing Point Country Club, rain or shine.