By Richard Fairman
Most Kentucky high school athletes had no idea if they were going to be able to play sports this fall due to COVID-19 because of the ever-changing rules and regulations coming out of Frankfort. Although golf was given the green light from the very beginning by KHSAA, they did implement very few COVID rules for them to play. Some of those changes were: Leaving the flag pole in while putting, maintaining proper distance between players as much as possible, and at the end of the match, or tournament, there is no awards ceremony. The teams/players turn in their score cards and depart. Other than that, the players are using their common sense to stay safe.
“We were able to begin practices, and our season on time,” Ladywave Head Coach Chris Love said. “We played our first match, or tournament I should say, on July 31 at the E-Town Country Club, which is where we play our regional tournament, and the girls played really well for their first game of the season. And they have done nothing but continue to improve daily.”
In their first tournament, the Ladywave Golf team placed fifth. They then went on to play in another tournament in Owensboro where they improved to finish in third place. The team played their first head-to-head match against Grayson County on Aug. 27, where the team shot very well, taking home the win. On Aug. 31, they hosted E-Town at the MAC for their first home match, where the girls took home their second win of the season.
“We played really well in our match against Grayson, I think we shot a 38, 38, 41, and a 50 which is always a good way to start the season, but with this group of girls it doesn’t matter who they go up against, they’re going to give it their all each time,” Love said of the team. “There is a few that are still learning the game, and a few that still let a bad shot get under their skin, but the best thing about this team is that they can all look to one another for support, and it’s there.”
One thing that still haunts the Ladywaves from last season is that the team finished as Region runner up, which kept them from playing at the KHSAA State Tournament. That loss has been a driving force to come back this season stronger and bring the Regional trophy home. With veteran players like Haley English, Mimi Honaker, Jenna Pike, Avery Shacklett, and Peyton Bradley joining the team full time this season, Love says that the team has the ability to do it, and that anyone of them could qualify for state as an individual and do very well.
Meade Co E-Town
Mimi Honaker – 37
Avery Shacklett – 38
Jenna Pike – 40
Haley English – 41