Girls' golf prepares for 2022

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Jul. 27—The girls will open up the 2022-23 sports season soon and Washington, Barr-Reeve and North Daviess will all have teams this fall.

Washington

The Hatchets will return Channey Clark and Madi Dalton, while adding Annabelle Blake and Mackenzie Spillman to round out the team.

Clark and Dalton return for the Hatchets and Coach Josh Butcher expects big things for both.

"Channey has worked so hard over the summer and I think you will see a lot a lot of headlines from her. We went over our team and individual goals for this year and she has some very lofty goals," said Butcher.

Butcher has also seen a lot of progress from Dalton.

"I think Madi will be our most improved player. I think we will see some low numbers from her too. I think the thing we will be working on is consistency with Madi. She's right there and she is so close to breaking out right now."

The two new players are Blake and Spillman. Blake was a successful tennis player this spring and Butcher said that her athleticism should be a benefit.

"She is athletic and both the physical and mental challenges are things she is familiar with. Mackenkie committed to golf early in the year, so she has been playing all summer to get ready for the season," Butcher added.

Coach Butcher is pleased that they will have four players and will be able to score as a team, but stressed that they will be accepting new players right up to the first match on Aug. 4 at Vincennes.

Barr-Reeve

Last year, the Lady Vikings put two golfers into regionals with senior Braylee Knepp and sophomore Olivia Emmons returning. They also have Madison Brunson and Byrnna Knepp who return with a full season of experience.

"Braylee and Liv should both be shooting in the low and mid-80s this year, while Madison and Byrnna should be in the 90s. They both hit the ball a long way, so I think that if they work on their short game and putting, they could but up some good scores," said B-R coach Joe Robinson.

Robinson also said that they will have four freshmen coming out this season.

"Brynnlee Rollins, Meredith Bean, Kaitlin Kribs and Addie Swartzentruber have also come out. Three of them have played junior golf, so they have some experience," said Robinson. "We have had some success and I think that has led to some growth. It is a lot like we saw on on the boys side. I really think that we have a good chance to advance out of sectional this year as a team."

The Lady Vikings will open the season in early August in the Washington Invitational.

North Daviess

Nick Wininger continues as the North Daviess coach and he says that "high hopes" best describe his team for this fall.

The Cougars will have around eight players this season, with four very strong players returning from last year.

They will be led by Gracey Knepp, a senior who qualified for regional as a sophomore. Lily Graber is a junior with a lot of experience, Adison Giesler is also a senior and Meah Dalrymple is a sophomore playing her second year of varsity golf. Wininger said that there are several other players who will be vying for for the fifth spot.

"Gracey should be shooting right around 80 this year. She and Lily can hit the ball a ton. Adi is more of a grinder, she doesn't hit as far but works hard to score. Meah is very athletic and she will use that to her advantage," said Wininger.

"We think we have a good chance to get out of sectional. We are senior and junior laden, so I expect some good things."

The will be opening at the Washington Invitational.