Six-member golf team has season underway
By Jan Rahn
The 2011 golf season has already begun for the Perkins County girls, having traveled to Sidney and Bayard last week for meets on Tuesday and Thursday.
“We need some early success, setting new PRs or earning a top 10 medal, for the girls to get some confidence and believe they can compete with other schools,” said Coach Troy Kemling prior to last week’s meets—and on Thursday, Perkins County golfer Janet Kuskie earned the team’s first medal of the season.
The team is young again this year—three sophomore letter winners are returning, Capri Meyer, Carra Johnson and Shania Stickley. Sophomore Hailey Sletten joins her classmates in depending on leadership from senior Janet Kuskie who is playing again after a year of being away as a foreign exchange student in Finland. Incoming freshman Rachel Carrig rounds out the team.
“I was concerned how the younger girls would accept Janet’s leadership since they have not played together, but they have meshed well,” said Kemling. “I have seen Janet really improve these past two weeks of practice after taking a golf sabbatical.
Kemling said the seasoned golfer has the ability to compete each meet for a medal position. He expects her to step up this year to give the other girls encouragement and direction.
Kemling said he has been encouraged with Carra Johnson’s recent play.
“Time will tell how she responds to actual competition,” he said.
Kemling said the six-member squad gets along well, each competing for a varsity spot individually. Their weakness is in the short game, still not being where it needs to be, he said.