SHEPHERDSVILLE - The numbers are not overwhelming, but there is definite improvement as both North Bullitt and Bullitt Central work to build and sustain viable girls’ golf programs with both having new coaches.
At North Bullitt, new head coach Ronnie Bryson has seven girls working out with the team now at Heritage Hill Golf Course. That group includes a pair of eighth-graders. Three of the seven were part of the program last season.
It is an even bigger job at Bullitt Central where head coach James Moore is restarting the program. In fact, Moore was actually named the coach last summer and there were a number of girls who had filled out participation forms, but then when practice started, no one showed up to play.
This season, Moore has five girls out for the team, but four of those are seniors including some cheerleaders, another program that Moore oversees.
Both coaches mentioned that they would be taking new players throughout the season as they work to improve their overall numbers.
Lady Eagle Golf
Bryson inherits a program that has existed every season for the past decade, but one that has never really blossomed to compete as a team. Bryson would like to field a full team for a handful of regular season matches but the Lady Eagles probably won’t put a full team in the regional tournament in late September.
Bryson is a 2006 North Bullitt graduate who is now teaching at North Bullitt and working as the freshman baseball coach. He did not play golf while at North Bullitt, but while attending Cumberland University, some of his roommates were golfers. He took up the game again there and played three or four times a week.
The top returning player for the Lady Eagles is senior Darien Webb. She competed in the Bluegrass Invitational this past weekend and had a 122. That 18-hole event made her eligible for the post-season tournament.
When the Lady Eagles started practicing in the middle of the summer, the group also included senior Lauren Pierce, sophomore Haley Vittitow as well as eighth-graders Sarah Morris and Katlyn Jenkins. Just recently, senior Devan Benz and junior Carly Benz joined that group. The Benz sisters are softball players at North Bullitt.
The good thing about playing at Heritage Hill is that there is a driving range and putting green.
“We actually get out on the course every Monday and Tuesday,” Bryson said. “On Wednesday and Thursday we’ll be on the driving range.”
Bryson is just working to get the program rolling. There is no great dream of post-season success at this point.
“That would be unrealistic for this year,” the coach said. “Katie and Sarah are talented young golfers. They will be regional material coming up.”
Lady Cougar Golf
After not having a program last season, Bullitt Central head coach James Moore has five girls this time around. Still, it is hard to say that a program is being built as four of the five girls are seniors with the other being a junior.
“I’m hoping that when some of the others see that we have a program now that it will create a buzz,” Moore said during a recent practice at Heritage Hill. “We’ll take more even if they just want to practice with us (and not play matches).”
The four seniors competing now include Macey Burton, Taylor Evans, Andrea Johnson and Shelby Propes. The junior is Chelsey Fogarty.
Moore was not a high school golfer, but after college he moved back to the area and has been playing golf regularly for the past few years.
“People think golf is easy. It’s not as easy as they think,” Moore said. “We are working on fundamentals and getting a consistent swing down.
“We’ve been out on the course a few times,” the coach added. “Most of the time is spent up here on the range and putting. It’s fundamentals.”
The team has even spent some time in the classroom going over the rules and golf and golf course etiquette. We talk about club selection. We need them comfortable with that.”
Moore has six matches scheduled for this season.