LAKEVILLE, IN. – The LaVille Girls Golf team might have had two players this season, but coach Lindsay Garrett and both golfers agree that a lot of improvement was made by each golfer this season.
“I’m proud of them and the improvements they’ve made this season,” said coach Garrett. “Liz played the best she has all season in the sectional. Taylor had some good drives, but struggled with her putts. Neither of them advanced, but they still played really well.”
Junior Taylor Garrett, Lindsay’s daughter, and classmate Elizabeth Howard, talked about their season and the parts of their respective game that improved.
“Throughout the season, I think that my drives and short game improved a lot,” said Taylor Garrett. “In the beginning of the season, I had a pretty bad slice. Near the end of the season I had figured out what I was doing wrong and adjusted to make sure that I could hit the ball straight. ”
Howard, meanwhile, found that changing her focus helped her relax before a shot.
“I think my game improved a lot,” saod Howard. “Throughout the season, I found that if I just took a deep breath before each shot and really focused on it, I was able to get to go where I wanted it to go.”
According to Taylor Garrett, “My best match of the year was against Knox and Caston when I scored a 62. We played at Chesapeake Run, which is a nice course. Next year my goal is to definitely get under 60, preferably in the high 50’s or even low 50’s.”
Howard said: “My best match of the regular season was against Tippecanoe Valley and I shot a 65.”As the season came to a close, both Taylor and Elizabeth participated in the Penn Sectional at Knollwood Country Club in Granger, IN.
“I was paired in a two-some with the Riley High School player for sectionals,” said Taylor Garrett. “We played very quickly and were the first ones done. The twosomes tend to get done quicker than the threesomes do, which was nice because it was so early. I scored a 137 at sectionals, which isn’t my best but I still enjoyed playing. I played with a good player and we got along very well, so I think I closed out the season pretty well.”
Howard shot a season-best 127 in the sectional round.
“I would say sectionals went well, but I need to improve a lot on my putting and chipping.”
Coach Garrett summed up the season, the experiences, and how she was able to help the Lancers.
“The girls played a great season and improved a lot from last year. It’s a unique experience coaching only two players, but really fun and rewarding and fun. It’s much easier to coach them along in a match one-on-one and give encouragement. You can actually see an immediate improvement in their play when right with them. We are looking forward to their senior year and hoping to add some more girls to our roster!”