Lady Titan Golf vs. Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE

By Melissa Dillon | Correspondent Reporter-Times

The Martinsville girls’ golf team is anxious to start its season. The quest for a state title began Monday with Gibson Southern.

Sloane Winders has matured and will represent the Artesians as the lone senior and qualifier to state last season.

 Behind lone senior Sloane Winders and lone state qualifier from last year, the Artesians will have nine sophomores and two freshmen to the lineup of golfers that look to score for Martinsville.

Last season, Winders tied for 16th with a two-day total of 162 at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel in one of the coldest state finals that veteran coach Sharon Most could remember. This year she hopes to place in the top 10 as an individual. She has her sights on the course this season after competing on it this summer.

“She finished up strong at Prairie View. She had an 84 and 77 and then at the Women’s Open she shot a 75 and 76,” Most said. “That has a lot of college kids and older individuals and she finished fourth for high school kids out of 79. Dare I say, she beat all the Marion and U of I girls. Taylor (Wilson) had an 80 – 75.”

But more importantly, Winders wants to bring the team with her to the state finals.

“Of course, Emmah (Keller), Emily (Bennett) and Erin (Bennett) are going to be very close,” Most said. “I went and took their average from last season and then I took the summer analysis and I averaged those two to see how I would pair them. Emmah and Emily have exactly the same average. I told them and they realize this, I’ll work to keep the twins separated so they’re not playing together. It’s the same for the Bowman’s (Abby and Jenna), I’ll try and keep them separated. It may be that sometimes I’ll just switch Erin up and Emily down to get a little variety. We’ll see how that goes. Everybody is returning and then, of course, Sloan is the only senior.”

Last week, Most had a rough idea of how she plans to play her team on the course. After more practice over the weekend, she should have a better idea for their meet against Gibson Southern Monday.

“I’ll try to play them in threesomes as much as I can,” Most said. “When Gibson is here Monday, I don’t know quite how I’ll do it, if I’ll have Sloane, Martinsville and then a Gibson, or whether I’ll play Sloane and two Gibson’s. It’ll kind of depend on how it goes this weekend. We’ll do 18 holes this weekend. That should give us a good idea. Gibson will bring six or seven, so we’ll match up and score four out of six. We’ll see how it all unfolds.”

The Artesians have an exciting season ahead.

“Wednesday, this will be a new tournament for us, we’ll play in the Zionsville Invitational,” Most said. “It started out that we were just going to bring five, but some coaches are trying to jockey their lineup, so we’re going to play seven which I think it’s really neat. What happens, when others are left at home, they’re either playing 18 or if they can’t get on the course they’ll practice any amount of time.

“Saturday we’ll go to Greensburg and do a practice round and that’s where the Hall of Fame is played,” Most continued. “We always try to get into the Hall of Fame if we can. Normally August 6th would be Prairie View, but we shot 425 last year, we were last, so we didn’t get invited. So, our goal is to get to state. The kids played at Country Oaks, the regional site, last week. Emily had an 80, Emmah had an 84, Erin had an 84, Sloane was taking a day off because she had been busy. I looked up how she shot last year and she shot a 75. That would’ve given us a 323 for the day if she had shot.”

Most’s assistance coach is Jessica Pence. Sophomores Olivia Allen, Abby Bowman, Jenna Bowman, Maggie Foley, Skylar Hauk and Elena Hurst and freshman Elizabeth Sheets and Jade Hart round out the Artesians. Winders and Hurst are co-captains of this year’s squad.

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