|2009 COVINGTON LADY BUCCS GOLF TEAM...
The Covington Lady Buccs golf team looks to continue the tradition of excellence in 2009.
For the fourth straight year the Covington girls golf team has to find a way to replace their leading golfer in hopes of challenging the best in the Cross County Conference.
"We've had the player of the year for three years in a row now and we're hoping we can keep that trend going," said Covington coach Ron Schultz. "We've had Ashley Johnson, Amanda Fritz and Renee Otte win the honors and now we're hoping Sarah Westfall can do it."
Westfall, who is a senior, is doing everything possible to keep the tradition alive.
"At the end of last year I told her (Westfall) that it was up to her to keep the tradition alive," said Schultz. "And that's what she's trying to do. She's played a lot of golf this summer and has improved every aspect of her game. She even played in the Darke County tournaments all summer."
The lone Covington senior will have to keep improving her game to remain in the number one spot as junior Chloe Shell is right on her heals.
"Chloe wasn't able to play a lot over the summer because she's heavily involved in softball, but her and Sarah are pretty close," Schultz explained. "They played two or three most of the year last year and I can see Chloe's scores dropping as the season goes on."
Also returning are juniors Nicole Henson and Myranda Kelly.
"Nicole played number four for us last year and her game has improved in the two years she's been with us," said Schultz. "Myranda's scores have dropped a lot since last year, so she's improved as well."
Four freshman round out the roster in hopes of seeing varsity action; Cassie Angle, Jamie Crowell, Katie Blair and Connor Schaffer.
"Cassie (Angle) decided a year or two ago that she liked golf, so she began taking lessons and played in some tournaments," Schultz said. "She really works at her game and I see a very bright future for her.
"Jamie Crowell earned a varsity start and she first picked up a club three weeks ago. She's such and athletic kid and has a good mindset for the game.
"Katie Blair played off and on with her family and is now starting to get into it. She's improved greatly since practice started and should get better and better with more playing time.
"Connor Schaffer is another one who has natural athletic ability. She's strong and with more work she can be very good."
Which leads Schultz to believe he has the makings of another quality team.
"Overall, we have a very nice balance of girls," he said. "We've had that the last few years where we lose a senior and others step in and perform well. That's what we need again this year."
Because the Cross County Conference schedule will be tough.
"Miami East has to be the favorite because they have everybody back," Schultz said. "Arcanum, Tri-Village and Franklin Monroe will also be competitive. I see us right there with them if we can continue to work hard and improve like we have been."