Last year, the Green Lady Bulldogs graduated all six of their seniors. That kind of loss hits any team hard and Coach Jake Shocklee knew this would a rebuilding year. But he was pleasantly surprised as the season progressed with his new golfers.
"The girls have been improving as the season has gone along," Shocklee said as his team prepared for the sectional tournament." We had a rough start with scores that were higher than last year. But the girls kept at it and they have been getting better as the season went along."
No better proof of this improvement was Green's recent defeat of unbeaten GlenOak, the top team in the Federal League.
"That was the highlight so far of the season," Shocklee said. "The girls played very well and we were happy with that victory. In addition to that win, they have placed in the upper half of four of the eight tournaments so far, and are above .500."
There are no seniors on the team, which obviously hurts in terms of experience, but it does give Shocklee the opportunity to build with his younger players.
"My top golfer is Olivia Casenhiser, a sophomore, who is pretty solid. My other regular varsity golfer is Rachel DiDonato, a freshman. She has been a pleasant surprise. Rachel has just started playing and she is doing a nice job. For the rest of the varsity positions, I rotate five or six girls depending on how they are playing. This gives them all a chance to improve and gain experience."
While this has been a rebuilding year, the girls have won most of the matches Shocklee expected them to take. The Bulldogs also have been very competitive as team members vie for the varsity positions. Overall, the future looks bright as Shocklee has high hopes for some promising eighth-graders who will join the team next season.
While the team may not have the tournament success it has experienced during the past few years, Shocklee is pleased at the progress the team has made.