Last season the Waynesville High School girls' golf team finished seventh in the Ozark Conference, partially because head coach Bob Holland lost his best player right before the season started to an accident, he is hopeful that they can improve on that finish this season.
“We improved quite drastically from the first of the year to the end,” said Holland. “I think we finished seventh in conference out of 10 schools. We had finished fifth the year before but we lost our number one player (Taylor Vick) right before the season started to an injury.”
With school starting so late this season Holland only has four girls that he can use for their opening match and is worried that even if he gets more there won't be enough time to get the required number of practices in before they can play.
'We only have four players and that is because school won't start until after Labor Day,” said Holland. “I normally come out and make an announcement on the first day of school and get another two or three girls to come out, but this season if that happens they won't be eligible to play until the final two matches of the season.”
Holland is happy with the four girls that he does has and thinks that if they work hard then they can be successful this season.
“We played pretty well, I have three players back, two seniors (Sabrina Shelton and Robin Lacy) and a junior (Cortney Sutcliffe),” said Holland. “I expect big things from them. They are going to have to shoot in low 50's for us to compete this season in the Ozark Conference. I also have a new player this season Hannah Siegel and I expect big things out of her before the end of the season. She is hitting the tee ball really well but we have to work on her short game.”
West Plains seems to be the team to beat in the Ozark Conference this season, according to Holland.
“West Plains was loaded last year and I wasn't expecting that,” said Holland. “They had two freshman that were outstanding and they finished second in the state. They are getting all of their players back with the exception of one this season.”
Holland picks West Plains to win the Ozark Conference but he is not counting out any of the other teams including Waynesville, to at least compete and have a good season.
“I expect West Plains to win it and Kickapoo to be two,” said Holland. “After that it is kind of a toss up. Lebanon should be tough again, they finished third last season. Rolla will get stronger than they were last season. Rolla and Waynesville competed very well as did Camdenton. So we competed well in the conference with those three schools. We should beat Parkview, Joplin and Glendale depending on who they have come out.”
Waynesville will open their season against Osage on August 23 and will have their first home match on September 6. Here is the rest of the Waynesville schedule.
8/23/2012 4:00 pm Osage High School TBA
8/29/2012 9:00 am Laker Invitational Old Kinderhook
9/4/2012 4:00 pm Camdenton High School Deere Chase
9/6/2012 4:00 pm Waynesville Open Piney Valley Course
9/11/2012 4:00 pm Lebanon High School Lebanon CC
9/12/2012 9:00 am Eugene Invitational Redfield Golf Course
9/13/2012 4:00 pm Jefferson City H. S. Old Kinderhook G.C.
9/18/2012 9:00 am Ozark Conference Tourn. Rolla
9/20/2012 TBA MSU Golf Relays Payne Stewart Colf Club, Springfield
10/1/2012 – 10/3/2012 Varsity District Tournament tba