Valley golf coach Todd Yeagle had nothing but praise for his sophomore’s score of 82 at the District Tournament noting how the improvements she made as the season progressed were evident in her final performance of the year.
“Her swing really got better as the season went on and her putting continued to improve,” Yeagle said.
The fact that High did what she did as a sophomore should have the rest of the SOC concerned about the scores she will be posting for the next two years.
“She shot out of our No. 1 spot against SOC opponents this season and the team really looked to her for a strong score every round that we played,” Yeagle said. “We have such a young squad that we don’t have necessarily have a leader but she went out and provided solid play that our team could rally around all season.”
High only missed the cut for the State Tournament by four strokes last week and has a strong foundation to build on heading into her junior season of golf next season.
“By the end of the season she was really catching on to what it takes to be successful,” Yeagle said. “She’s in a position next year to be a leader with her teammates. Our team is unique because they all look out for each other for support and she does that for them and they do that for her.”
While High may have been the young up-and-comer for Valley, West’s Daulton Kenyon was the veteran leader for the Senators golf team as he ended his season at the boys districts shooting a 93.
Kenyon was one of the five golfers from the Sectional Tournament to qualify for districts shooting an 89. West golf coach Mark Seevers raved about the senior’s finish to his season.
“It was the third time he has qualfied for districts and I could not be more proud of what he has accomplished,” Seevers said. “He played a good, solid round and showed improvement from the last time he was there on an unfamiliar course.”
Besides multiple trips to districts, Kenyon provided leadership to his teammates during his final season with West.
“Daulton meant a lot to the whole team,” Seevers said. “He set a good example on and off the course and encouraged his teammates while giving good advice to the younger players he mentored and was always in their corner.”
Seevers insists that Kenyon left a positive footprint on his young team, but there will be some large shoes to fill with his departure.
“He’s been a fine young man to work with and a real pleasure to coach,” Seevers said. “We will miss his leadership next season.”
The other player to qualify for the Div. II District Tournament, Cameron Pope, did not advance on to states, but was lauded by his coach after sectionals.
“He’s a great kid and works hard like all our other kids,” Northwest coach Bryan Sturgell said after sectionals. “I’m very proud of him.”
Pope will be returning to the Mohawks next year as a senior.
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