In preparation for the CCS tournament, the girls golf team has been practicing its mid to short game instead of working on its driving skills.
The team ended the last leg of the regular season at 10-0 and hopes to continue its undefeated streak into CCS on Nov. 2, Coach Doyle Knight said.
“The thing we need to be laser sharp on is putting and chipping — 100 yards and in kind of distances,” Knight said. “The short game is the scoring distance game. It’s really when you want to get close to the ball and when you can cut down on strokes.”
Knight said there’s good reason for the intense practicing: the team will face strong competition for the CCS title.
“Valley Christian is probably the best team in the district right now,” he said.
Junior Captain Allyson Lee agrees.
“From what I know, most of their players are planning to play college golf, and the coaches are also really dedicated,” Lee said.
Paly beat Valley Christian 189-192 during an October scrimmage but Lee said it was a fluke.
“They played a little worse than their average, and we played a little better than our average,” Lee said.
Still, Lee said she is confident in her team’s ability to win at CCS.
“We’re definitely going to be right up there with them,” she said.
Knight agreed and said the team is right on Valley Christian’s heels.
“We’re going to be that little gnat that’s just going to be in their ear annoying them,” Knight said. “I think our chances are pretty good as long as we stay calm and make less mistakes.”