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Columbus North girls golf team eager for 2012 season
July 30, 2012Columbus North High School
The Columbus North girls golf team is looking for another good season.
Following a 2011 season that included a Conference Indiana championship and a fourth-place finish in the Bloomington North Sectional, the 2012 Bull Dogs feature a corps of returning players intent on playing consistently well.
"I look forward to a good season," said CN coach Scott Seavers, whose squad graduated top players Allie Smith and Jaewon Jung from a year ago.
"We lost our top two golfers, but we look forward to seeing some of the younger girls step up and replace them. These girls have been practicing hard this summer preparing for the season. Most have played in multiple tournaments around the state and all have been getting lessons."
The Bull Dogs begin the 2012 season on Tuesday (July 31) in the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational at Covered Bridge Golf Club in Sellersburg. The team completes its opening week with the Martinsville Invitational on Thursday (Aug. 2) and the Greensburg Invitational on Saturday (Aug. 4).
Other season highlights include competing in the Hall of Fame Invitational on Aug. 25 at Fox Prairie Golf Course in Noblesville and the Conference Indiana meet on Sept. 10 at Winding River Golf Course in Indianapolis. The sectional again is hosted by Bloomington North and will be Sept. 15 at Cascades Golf Course.
Seavers said he expects leadership from the team's only senior, captain Emily Morris. She has put in a lot of effort over the past three years to get to where she is and expects to have a good senior season, Seavers said. Morris averaged 87.0 in nine 18-hole rounds and 44.44 in nine nine-hole rounds in 2011.
Other key players figure to include sophomore Sydney Anderson, junior Sam McQueen, junior Lauren Backmeyer and sophomore Morgan Deis. Anderson had a 90.9 average in 18-hole rounds last season, while McQueen averaged 93.1. Backmeyer averaged 93.7 and Deis had a 103.0 norm.
Sophomores Madison Smith, Rachel Davis and Madison Pearson plus freshman Paige Grider also compete for varsity positions.
The Bull Dogs' postseason path increases in difficulty because of a change of structure in the state tournament series.
"Our sectional will still be in Bloomington, which I believe is the toughest sectional in the state," Seavers said. "Like in the past, the top three teams will advance to the regional. There are now only five regional tournaments this year -- down from seven regionals last year -- and therefore only 15 teams will make it to the state tournament."
Columbus North will advance to a regional in Evansville should it qualify instead of going through Martinsville.
Seavers said Bloomington South will be a strong team this season with two of the best freshman in the state joining its squad. He described the Panthers as the sectional favorites.
COLUMBUS NORTH GIRLS GOLF
2012 Tentative Roster
Emily Morris - 12
Sydney Anderson - 10
Sam McQueen - 11
Lauren Backmeyer - 11
Morgan Deis - 10
Madison Smith - 10
Rachel Davis -10
Madison Pearson - 10
Paige Grider - 9