TERRE HAUTE —
High school girls golf teams begin play this week with a busy schedule for local teams.
Terre Haute North and South both will play in the Plainfield Invitational at Deer Creek on Monday. There is a shotgun start at 11 a.m.
Northview and North will be in the field for the South Invitational on Tuesday, with tee times slated to begin at 10 a.m.
Northview also will be in the Edgewood Invitational on Thursday and South will vie for honors in the Trojan Classic on Saturday at The Legends of Indiana Course. North also is scheduled to play in the Roncalli Invitational on Wednesday at Smock Golf Course.
Most teams in the area will play in the sectional at Forest Park at Brazil, with qualifying teams and individuals going to the regional at the Smock Course.
Chris Cassell is in his first year of coaching the girls team at West Vigo. The Vikings will not begin play until later in the month.
Taking a look at Northview, North and South.
• Northview — Bob Treash is coaching the Knights again and lost three players from last year’s team that was second in the sectional. Those graduating were Megan Heaton, Makenzie Brown and Sierra Girton.
“We have five new players this year,” says Treash.
Top returnees are seniors Karlie Atkinson and Jensen Swaim and juniors Keirsten Mikesell and Makenzie Magers.
Atkinson is in her fourth year on the varsity, mostly playing in the No. 2 slot, and has earned all-Western Indiana Conference honors twice.
Mikesell is in her third season on the varsity, playing in the No. 1 slot and earning all-WIC honors her first two years.
Swaim is a two-year varsity player and was alternate for tournament play last season. Magers was alternate for the conference tournament last season.
Second-year players on the roster are Sydney Lynch and Faith Wells. Newcomers are Sydney Joliff, Hannah Nevill, Gabrielle Noel, Aimee Treash and Shaylyn Ehrlich.
• Terre Haute North — Abe Nasser Jr. is the coach of the Patriots and has three players back from last year’s sectional team that placed third.
Anna Potter and Nicole Anderson had been two top players for the Patriots and graduated. Returning from the top five are Alex Bryant, Alli Farrington and Carson Smith.
“We have nine freshmen on the roster. Many of them have played in the city junior tournament and women’s city tourney,” says Nasser.
One of the freshmen, Megan Ramer, figures to be in the lineup when the team opens the season Monday. Kelli Carney, a junior, and Mia Ponsot, a sophomore, figure to be in the lineup for one of the early matches.
Other freshmen include Layla Ahmadi, Emily LaGrange, Emily Wright and Emma Kate McMurtry.
“I expect one or more of them to crack the top five this season or next,” says Nasser. “We have a great deal of potential with the 16 girls on the roster.”
• Terre Haute South — Cara Stuckey is in her ninth year of coaching the Braves. Four of the teams have won sectional titles, including last year’s Braves.
Gone from that sectional team are Alexandra Pickens and Katelynn Gordon. Pickens lost in the final match of the women’s city tourney to her coach.
Returning players from last year are seniors Taylor Monroe and Hayley Hayhurst, juniors Madison Gruenert and Taylor Baugh and sophomore Ali Danielson. Danielson also was matched against Stuckey in the city tournament.
New players are Alexandria Maris and Paige Ennen.
“I like the potential of this team. It is a matter of eliminating bad shots … and good play on the greens,” says the coach.