Sophomore Aubrey Sumner is currently in her second year of playing on the Marian golf team. She says her favorite part of being on the team is the bonding that occurs between the five freshmen, five sophomores, four juniors and two seniors on the team. She enjoys how although some golfers may be considered to be on JV and some considered to be on Varsity, the girls all practice together every day and even hang out with each other outside of school and practice.
The practices are held at Deer Creek Golf Course. Sumner explains that a typical practice starts off by having the girls randomly split into three groups. One of these groups focuses on chipping, another group focuses on
putting, and the third group practices on the driving range. At the end of practice, the team all comes together and wraps up with a fun game or activity. This encourages a sense of the team being one unit instead of always being divided into different teams.
Although Marian is in Class A, the team is relatively small compared to other teams in the district. Sumner said she feels that so far the team has done a good job of “holding our own for how small of a team we are.” One of her favorite components of being on the golf team is the head coach, Robert Davis. She believes that he “sees potential and wants the best for everyone,” which greatly helps to increase players’ confidence and allows them to become better players each day.
Though golf usually competes during the school day, the team appreciates Marian students’ support. The Marian golf team will compete in districts on Oct. 3 and 4, and make it to state on Oct. 10 and 11.