Girls Golf Finishes Pandemic-Shortened Season With Strong Finish At City

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Jeffery Lucco

Highlights from this year’s girls golf season include a pair of second-place finishes and having five of Taft’s six golfers qualify for the CPS girls golf city finals.  

Chloe Clark, Reporter

Highlights from this year’s girls golf season include a pair of second-place finishes and having five of Taft’s six golfers qualify for the CPS girls golf city finals.  

As a result of the ongoing pandemic, the golf team could only practice at one course this year–Billy Caldwell Golf Course, a public, 9-hole course. The pandemic brought other changes to the Eagles’ routines.

“We had to wear masks at all times unless we were actively playing, we were told to social distance, we had to fill out the health screener before every practice and match, and our temperatures were taken before every practice and match.” said senior Audrey Medenhall. 

Throughout the season, head coach Jeffrey Lucco  was pleased with the cooperation of the players regarding safety precautions. 

“I was impressed with how willing everyone was with going through the procedures we had in place- online health screening before practices/matches, temp checks, wearing masks, and using hand sanitizer- and the girls made coaching easy.” 

In the championship, Ava Gonzalez placed fifth for the Eagles with a 9-hole score of 59.  Mendenhall finished in 6th with a 62, Alex Coutinho placed seventh with a 65, and Mia de León and Stella Ozenbaugh tied for ninth place, both shooting 69s. 

“The two seniors, Alex Coutinho and Audrey Mendenhall, were awesome leaders and built a strong bond with the younger girls from the start,” said Lucco. 

“I am most proud of how well our team did overall, considering only one girl on our team had any experience,” said Mendenhall. “Everyone else, myself included, had never played before. The fact that Alex, Ava, and I placed well in the individuals for city makes me so proud of how far we have come since the beginning of the season.” 

Coach Lucco was proud of his team when reflecting on their progress. 

“For a team of inexperienced golfers who were coached by me, an inexperienced and very average golfer, it was a complete success and I really look forward to seeing the team improve and make a run at a city championship over the next two to three years.”