|2007 COVINGTON LADY BUCCS GOLF TEAM...
The Covington Lady Buccs' golf team looks to remain at the top of the CCC and make another run at the District Tournament.
Covington girls golf coach Ron Schultz has built a solid program thanks to some dedicated student/athletes who put in the time to take their game to a high level.
No player has had more of an impact on the program than Ashley Johnson, who graduated in 2007 and is now swinging the clubs at Ohio Northern University. In her four years at Covington Johnson scattered her name all over the school record book, setting the bar very high for those to follow.
One would think with Johnson gone that the Lady Buccs would be in a rebuilding mode. That would be the furthest from the truth, however, as Covington has some very capable golfers still on the roster - capable enough to defend the CCC Championship of year ago and perhaps duplicate the 13-0 conference record.
Leading the way will be senior Amanda Fritts, who was a stroke or two behind Johnson in most of the matches a year ago. Fritts recorded a 93 at District last season (one stroke behind Johnson) and will benefit greatly from an off-season of experience. If there is anyone on the roster capable of putting her name next to Johnson's as a premier women's golfer, it's Amanda.
Another senior capable of having a big season is Cali Jo Deeter. After a slow start to her junior season, Deeter set the course on fire down the stretch and gained a ton of confidence along the way.
Junior Renee Otte is another player who could be in for a solid season. Otte shot a 98 at the District Meet as a Sophomore and has the talent to take her game to another level in 2007.
A number of players will be battling it out for a spot on the varsity roster with Sarah Westfall the most experienced.
It's been said that success leads to more success and the numbers this year is proof. After having just six golfers on the roster last season the Lady Buccs will have eight on the course in 2007.
Should coach Shultz and the Lady Buccs have another season like last year, that number could increase more in years to come.