Special to the Times-Tribune
The Corbin High School girls’ golf team showed signs of improvement recently in a three-way match against Barbourville and Southwestern held at the London Country Club.
Corbin shot a 197, which was good enough for second behind Barbourville’s 166.
Lauren Jones led the way with a round of 46, while Brooke Howell turned in a round of 50. Makalee Helton and Emma McGraw each finished with a 51 and Anna-Katherine Bingham shot a 56.
Corbin coach Guy Jones said he’s pleased with his team’s effort, but admitted it’s taking the girls a while to get adjusted to match play.
“Most of our girls have not worked enough in the offseason and it is taking them time to get golf ready,” Jones said. “When you haven’t played regularly, your short game and touch around the greens just isn’t sharp.
“We will continue to work on these issues and I expect more improvement,” he added. “There is a really fine line between shooting in the low fifties and the low to middle forties, as I tell all the girls before every match. You must have one chip and two putts maximum on each hole. If you can do this, your scores will be reduced by a minimum of five strokes on nine holes and in some cases as much as eight strokes.”
Lauren Jones got off to a rough start, but recovered well. She began her first hole with an eight on a par five and still managed to shoot in the mid forties, thanks to just two three-putts in the round.
“I was proud of Lauren today. She could have hung her head after a tough start, but she made par on the next hole and hit the ball terrific today,” coach Jones said. “All of the girls take turns struggling with chipping and putting, but this is going to get better because we are going to practice until it does.
“I am very proud of all the girls including my jayvee girls,” he added. “All of the girls played in the match today and Jordan Gardner, in her first match ever, shot a 52.”
Barbourville’s Kristen Ingle was medalist of the match with a round of 37, followed by Whitney Messer’s 39. Jones praised Barbourville’s efforts as they turned in four of the top five scores of the match.
“Barbourville is the most improved team in our area this year,” Jones said. “They shot a 340 a couple of weeks ago in the All A Tournament and today they had all five girls in the forties and shot a team total of 166 which competes with everyone in our region.
“They are all young but they work all year and get individual lessons on a regular basis,” he added. “This is what it takes to get to the next level of golf these days and I’m very proud of Coach Messer, he is a good motivator and encourages his girls to work hard year around.”
Samantha Dick led Southwestern with a 49 as they shot a 209 score for third place.