The Westlake girls golf team started off the season on the right foot with a victory over North Olmsted Friday morning, 210-220, at Avon Oaks Country Club to make their record 1-0. The medalist was Westlake’s Loren Kreider wit the low score of 49. North Olmsted’s Nicole Gentile shot a 51 for second and Westlake’s Julia Button placed third with a score of 52.
Both teams have very young programs and think that they are on the cusp of good things to come.
The Demons squad has lost six letter winners from last year. The three returning members of last year’s team are Sarah Bates, Ally Adornetto, and Barbara Bobal. Newcomers for this season are freshmen Kreider, Button, Jordan LaBroo, and senior Katie Carroll.
Westlake placed 7th out of 14 teams at the North Olmsted Invitational on August 8th, and placed 12th out of 24 teams at the Eddison Invitational on August 10th.
“All the freshmen and newcomers are already in our starting lineup, which we are happy about,” said head coach Traci Edmunds. “All the girls know the game [of golf]. They’ve played in tournaments and they get private lessons. A lot of our girls hit the ball far and have good short games, which gives us an advantage. All the girls on the team are pretty close [to each other] and have been doing well so far. We are starting fresh again. All the girls are still learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We need to work on course management, understanding the game a little more, and being comfortable with their own swing. Our goals are to place in the top three in the conference. We want to win the SWC, but being a newer team, I don’t know if we’ll meet that goal yet. We want to end up with a winning record and hopefully make it to districts this year.”
North Olmsted lost one player from last year’s squad that came in 4th in the SWC. They have four girls returning from the 2010 campaign including co-captains Gentile and Katey Hull. The team is rounded out by: Cathy Rodman, Erin McGinty, Liz Rodman, Leah Sladky, Alison Bernhardt, Claire Masterson, and Amanda Pfeifer.
Head coach Tony Naples has run the program since it’s inception. He said, “All the girls are pretty competitive. We have six girls that can shoot in the high 40’s to low 50’s consistently. The thing the girls always have to work on is their short game. Getting close to the green, chipping it up close, and one or two putting can save a lot of strokes. We spend a lot of time working on that. Our program is on the upside. We have some good young girls who have taken an interest in the game. We hope to place third in the conference this year, or sneak into second if we are lucky. My goal is that next year or the year after, we can in a conference championship. I think we have a solid group of girls that really want to play.”