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The Lady Panthers golfers look to continue their growth as individual players and as a team this season.
With the graduation of Hannah McMahan, head coach Tamara Cady said she will look to senior Jadyn Bailey to step into the leadership role. Bailey, who is on track to graduate high school one year early, is always on the golf course practicing and is “super dedicated,” Cady said. “She’s constantly challenging herself. She has fun, but she takes [school and golf] very seriously.”
Bailey is very accountable for herself and for her teammates and is “110 percent committed to excellence,” she said.
Three other Lady Panther veterans also return: junior Natalie Bennett and freshman Ciara Hamilton, who both have been on the team for several years, and sophomore Taylor Napier, who joined the team last year.
The Lady Panthers will feature two new faces: Seventh-grader Lorinda Bennett, who practiced with the team last year but never competed, and eighth-grader Amelia Napier, who is new to the sport.
Cady said one of her team’s strengths is their ability to work well with one another. They listen and respect one another, she said. Cady said she would like to see the girls collaborate even more as the season gets under way. She already has seen them start to ask each other questions and give each other advice during practice.
“Golf is about individual growth, so they’re being challenged to look at where they are, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and ... set their own goals,” Cady said. Her goal for the season is to see each girlsmeet her own individual goals. Cady said she saw significant growth in all of the players last year.
The Lady Panthers opened their season Monday, Aug. 4, at home against Trimble County. (See results on Page 8.) Carroll County will play its home matches at Fairway Golf Course in Wheatley, Ky.
They will play two more home matches – Aug. 11, against Henry County and Aug. 14, against Williamstown – before hitting the road for the middle of the season. The other home matches are Sept. 3 against Owen County and Sept. 18 against Gallatin County.