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Monett’s girls’ golf team are working towards a big goal this season ?? qualify someone for the state.
Five girls are on the squad roster, three of which are back. Senior Jisell Canales and juniors Claire Nation and Alondra Arreola return to join the squad, senior Anna Krueger and sophomore Katie Geiss.
?? It was our third week of training and our feedbacks are revising the things they need to work on, and our new players are doing well to play for a short time, ?? said Brian Cox, Monett’s golf coach. ?? We ?? ll be looking for new girls to improve a lot this year. For our three ghosts, the goal is to qualify for the state. ??
In the three years of the women’s golf program, no daughter in Monett has qualified for state competition, meaning history could be made this season.
?? We talk a lot about being lucky to be the first girl to do this in Monett’s history, and it’s pretty exciting to have these talks in just three years, ?? Cox said. “Maybe I talk about it a lot because I feel like it too much, but I think we have a real chance this year. We have a couple who were close last year so they have that experience and are good enough to take the next step. ??
So far this season, the Lady Cubs have faced strong heat affecting training and made it to the driving range.
?? We don’t have a driving range here, so we went to Republic once a week at their lineup, and that helped, ?? Cox said. ?? We ?? had this super hot weather, and it limits us and slows us down, but it does that to everyone too. ??
The circles on the program this season are mainly 9-hole games with local schools, nicknamed the Big 4.
?? We do a series of 9 hole games with Cassville, Mt. Vernon and Seneca and we call the Big 4, ?? Cox said. It goes from 2 people to team scrambles, and they compete for points and a champion is named at the end of the year.
Cox said the format breaks the monotony of solo sport.
?? It’s fun to play together like that as a team in such an individual sport, ?? Cox said.
The season officially kicks off for the Lady Cubs on Wednesday in Springfield at the Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course.
?? They have a par 3 course which we will put the most recent girls on, and a regular course for the experienced girls, so that’s an interesting feature of this course, ?? Cox said.
During the tournament, Cox said he hopes to see continued improvement in his players.
All the girls ?? short games are improving all the time and returning players are learning how to avoid bad situations better, ?? he said. They are learning the mental part of the game, and it may take a while.
Monett’s first game at Windmill Ridge Golf Course in Monett will take place at the end of September, as the Lady Cubs will host one of the 9-hole team competitions.