Golf team heads to State

Sydney Rybolt (11) hits a put in to help secure a win against Leo. Rybolt will be playing at the state tournament this Saturday.

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Sydney Rybolt (11) hits a put in to help secure a win against Leo. Rybolt will be playing at the state tournament this Saturday.

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Acing it. The fifth ranked girls’ golf team is headed to state this weekend as they finish off a record setting season. 

    “The state ranking definitely pushes us to do better,” Sydney Rybolt (11) said. “We are putting in a lot of the hours to get our ranking up because all of us really want to place at state this year.”

    The team is looking to improve from their performance at state last year.  

    “We finished sixth at state last year and are looking to get into the top three this year,” Jeff Jehl, coach, said. “Our ultimate goal is to win the state tournament in October.”

    While the team’s goals may appear lofty to some, its achievements this season prove that it is capable of the accomplishment. Both the varsity and junior varsity team beat previous school records. The varsity team set an 18 hole record at Foster Park with a score of 297. Early in the season, the junior varsity team set an 18 hole record at the Homestead Invitational with a score of 340. Showcasing the team’s improvement, the junior varsity girls beat their own school record with a score of 337 at the Canterbury Invitational.

    The records set are “a true reflection of the hard work that every girl on this team put in during the offseason,” Jehl said. “Every girl has improved tremendously. Many of these girls worked from sun up to sun down this summer to get better. They take it seriously and enjoy each other’s success. They motivate each other to get better every day and fight for their teammates.”

    While the team has already made tremendous feats, they still work hard at practices to improve.

   “In practices we focus a lot on short game: putting, chipping, pitching, and putting,” Morgan Dabagia (10) said. “Since we hit it further than most of our competition, our birdies and scoring shots will all be from short distances in.”

    Although golf is an individual sport, each athlete’s game affects the team.

    “It sometimes is harder playing for a team because it is not just you counting on yourself, but your team counting on you also,” Dabagia said. “We work together to make each other better to benefit not only ourselves, but our team.

    However, the team aspect of the sport is no problem for the girls.

    “It’s a beautiful and rare thing when you have this type of team chemistry in an individual sport,” Jehl said. “This is a truly special group of girls who are capable of incredible things. These girls make me proud to be a Homestead Spartan.”



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