ATASCADERO — The Atascadero girls golf team opened tournament and league play last week, and hosted a home dual Tuesday against Righetti High School. The girls usually play dual meets on Tuesdays, meaning it's just two teams competing for the lowest combined score, while minis are held on Thursdays and generally have all eight teams in league playing on one course.
Head Coach Kara Ferrell hopes the Greyhounds can build on their success from last season, “Last year we were just trying to be competitive in the PAC 8, and we finished third overall.” Ferrell said, “So you know our goal is always to beat that and to stay in the top three in our league. It's a competitive league, but you know our overall goal is just to improve every week.”
The Greyhounds only graduated one senior last year, but still have a young team with their top player being Freshman Katie Burson. Coach Ferrell mentioned that it is difficult to build from year to year in girls high school golf because more often than not when girls come out they have never played golf, or have done so sparingly. The varsity team this year is made up of Burson, Abbey Hurst, Ashlyn Brookshire, Alyssa Melendez, Julia Smith, and Kaitlyn Ramos.
Thursday’s mini was held at Cypress Ridge where the Hounds finished fourth overall out of eight.
“It was our first mini tournament Thursday at Cypress Ridge and we did OK for our first mini, but you know we're looking to improve each week,” Ferrell said. “Cypress is a tough course and so it was a good starting point for us.”
The Greyhounds lost their match to Warriors on Tuesday (267-248), but Burson shot the low round of the day, entering the club house with a (40). Coach Ferrell preaches to her girls to not worry about factors that they can't control and to, “just play your game.” Atascadero’s home course is Chalk Mountain Golf Course and it was in terrific shape on Tuesday.
“Chalk Mountain is very good to us,” Ferrell said. “The course is in great shape and we are very grateful for all they do for the girls golf program.”
The girls will have a bye next Tuesday, but will host their next home dual on the Sept. 26 when they take on St. Joseph High School.