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Experience boosts Panther golf team

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By Kristin Beck

The Carroll County boys’ golf team hopes to ride its end-of-the-year success into this season. The Panthers won three in a row to end 2010 and boasts three seniors on this year’s squad.

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“It’s the first time I’ve had a bunch of seniors in a while,” head coach Warren McEuen said.

Seniors Jacob “Doc” Meadows, John Michael Williams and Travis Ellis lead the team, while juniors Nick Abbott, Zach Beckham and Thomas Hill give the team added experience. Rounding out this year’s squad are sophomores Aaron Wyman, Noah Abercrombie and Tucker Burgess and freshmen Clint Burgess and Levi Stephenson. The head coach said he expects to pick up a couple more freshmen between now and the beginning of school.

McEuen said the highlight of last season was Abbott’s medalist performance at the NCKC conference tournament at Henry County, where Abbott shot a 79.

McEuen, who is in his 21st year as head coach, said his team does certain things fairly well, but needs to work on being more consistent. “Golf is an individual sport,” he said. “How well you do is all on you. … That’s why it’s so hard.” He said he focuses on talking individually with his players to correct their mistakes and work on their weaknesses.

The 2011 schedule is still a work in progress, but thus far, includes matches with Trimble, Gallatin, Henry and Williamstown.

“Golf’s competitive, but it’s also something, hopefully, these kids could do when they’re older, like fishing or hunting,” McEuen said. “You don’t have to be a great athlete to be a good golfer. … It’s a much more egalitarian sport.”