By: Vivian Shillingsburg
Earlier this year, I told you about my teammates and our coach. I mentioned our victories and our motivations. I also discussed our goals. This season, our main goal was to win our conference. It was an expectation we had set for our team, and we fought for it. All of our hard work paid off. Our biggest rival was Wake Forest. If they weren’t first, they were trailing right behind us. The competition was strong, making this season thrilling. Our impressive season really started to get exciting when we won our conference for the first time since 2013. Not only did we accomplish this, but we sent our team to regionals! The five of us, Mary Sears Brown, Heather Appelson, Erin Alden, Amanda Olson, and I, were so excited for this opportunity. The course was one of the hardest that I have played, and I think that most of the field could agree with me. The cut off to qualify for states was 97, which is a high score. We placed third as a team, and we were able to send our top three players to states, which included me, Mary Sears, and Heather. Our team stood out because we had two freshman. It was an amazing opportunity and an even more amazing experience.
States were held at the course–Pinehurst #5. It’s a straightforward course that requires focus and precision. One missed shot could lead to a struggle. It was a fair course to play this tournament, and it made the experience a lot more exciting. Everyone played both days, pushing hard to post a good score at the end of the round. The other teams, especially the highly skilled, were intriguing. When they find out where states will be, they focus only on that course. Their players were fascinating to watch. It seemed as though they could never hit a bad shot. Making it to states made me wonder if our team could get there, but after seeing my teammates perform so well, I know we can. All of our top players have the potential to play as well as them. Next year we are hoping to place, or at least get top five at states. This year, we finished seventh in the states with a total score of 494. The competition was tough, making it difficult to place in the top five, and the teams who did, deserved it. Next year, that will be us.
As Coach Hayman has mentioned time and time again, this has been an incredible season. We have made Heritage High School history. We accomplished so much, and all of our hard work has paid off. The hours spent on the range and the course after a long day at school really have made a huge difference. Every single player on the team improved so much this season. What the team achieved this year was truly extraordinary. I cannot wait to see what we will accomplish in the future.
I would like to thank my team for such an amazing season. I have learned so much from every one of you. You all are my family, and I’m so glad that I was able to be a part of such an amazing group of girls. I love you all so much.
- . . 2. . . 3. . . FAMILY!!!