Girls Golf Team Ready To Kick Off Season

Posted on August 6, 2019 in Fall Sports, Girl's Golf

By CHUCK LANDIS – clandis@chronicle-tribune.com
Oak Hill girls’ golf coach Steve Nelson can see better days ahead for the program, and it could begin this season.

The Golden Eagles lost only Bayli Toy to graduation from a team that finished second in the Central Indiana Conference and fifth in the Eastbrook Sectional. They still are young with Nelson’s daughter Morgan Nelson the only senior on the current six-member team.

The Eagles embark on the season today in the Huntington North Invitational, and event Nelson skipped last season.

“I had a lot of beginning golfers (last year) and I thought it was better not to put them out there for 18 holes in their first match,” Nelson said Monday evening. “They’ve been working at this since mid-June so I think they’re ready to play.

“There’s going to be a lot of good teams there,” he continued. “Homestead is ranked No. 4 in the state and you also have Dwenger, Carroll and Huntington North. I just told them to enjoy it. We’re just going for the experience and maybe a couple of golfers will shoot good scores.”

Hope Mygrant is one girl who certainly should shoot good scores, and the junior will hold down the No. 1 position for the Eagles. Mygrant is coming off a breakout sophomore season where she represented Grant County in the IHSAA state finals.

“She’s been playing well and I expect her to continue to play well,” Nelson said of Mygrant. “She loves the game, she practices hard at it and plays in a lot of tournaments. I’d like to see her play well and get off to a good start for the year.”

Mygrant shot a 78 in the regional meet and punch her ticket to the state finals, and in the recent Grant County Amateur women’s tournament fired 84 and 81 over the final two days to finish in second place. Nelson said Mygrant can become one of the area’s top golfers with more consistency.

“She’s going to have a good year,” Nelson said. “She’s hitting the ball well, so I’m looking forward to her shooting a lot of scores in the 30s. That would be great. For us to compete we’re going to have to have everyone play well.”

Morgan Nelson filled the No. 2 position last year and shows improvement after firing 46 and 41 in the team’s two qualifying rounds. Juniors Bailey DeWitt and Holly Gillespie both played in the sectional and most matches last year, and sophomore Abby Malott moves up to a varsity position.

Sophomore Savanna Saylor is the other team member and coach Nelson plans to work her into the lineup whenever possible.

“I’m going to take six to every match and that way they all get to play and get a lot of experience this year,” he said. “We play at least two matches a week for the next seven weeks and there’s a lot of golf to be played.”

Oak Hill could be improved enough to close the gap with Eastbrook and be competitive to win the CIC and Grant Four meets and advance out of the sectional. But Nelson also likes the direction the program is headed with interest building in the lower grades.

“I helped out with the junior high last year and we had eight or nine out so we got some girls coming up in the next couple years,” he said. “Right now, it’s hard to fill up a team, honestly.

“There’s enough interest in the junior high that we will have enough girls coming up for at least four more good years,” Nelson concluded. “As the program gets better you get more interest, people see you winning and having fun and they want to participate. Hopefully, we can win a few tournaments and generate enough interest in the girls’ golf program and get more people to play.”

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