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TELL CITY—Despite having only four girls on the team, Tell City girls golf coach Jim Meek thinks the Marksmen could win half their matches this season.
Though lacking in numbers, the Marksmen have experience. They return three starters from last year and one from the year before.
They bring a variety of strengths to the team.
Sophomore Jessica Ballman “is probably the most consistent driver from a form point of view,” said Meek. “Her mechanics are more consistent than the others.
“Kelly Hess (a senior who missed last season while playing in the school band) probably has the longest drive. She has a lot of power.
“C.J. Fentress has a good short game—she’s a good putter. Amber Fentress started practice late because she was working, but she has a nice short game.”
Meek said the Marksmen “really don’t have a No. 1” golfer. “I think all of our girls can break 60 (for nine holes). Probably all my players at one point are going to assume that lead position. That way they’ll all get to play with some really good golfers.”
The Marksmen won only one regular-season match last year but beat four of eight opponents in the Jasper sectional to finish 5-29 overall.
“Most regular-season matches have stroke limits (for each hole),” noted Meek. “Often it’s double-par. When you take those stroke limits off in the sectional, our girls could legitimately post scores under 10 on each hole while some others were shooting 13s or 14s.
“My expectation is that this year our record will be better. We’re really capable of having a 50-50 record at least. If we can post scores under 250, we’re going to win a lot of matches. And our mission is to break 200.”
Tell City finished fifth among five complete teams in the PAC tourney last year. “I don’t know if we have a shot at winning it, but I’d like to think we’re going to do pretty well this year,” said Meek.
He said defending champion Southridge could be the strongest team in the conference again, while Jasper and Evansville North will be top non-conference opponents.
For the Marksmen to do well in the conference and sectional, “we’ve got to putt well always—not more than 18 putts for nine holes,” said Meek. “And we’ll have to remain in the game from the first swing to the last swing.”