Ashland Taking 'No Pressure' Approach Into State

  • 10/12/2017 8:47:21 PM
  • Brian Skowronski
  • Local Sports

ASHLAND, OH- The golf state tournament gets underway next week in Columbus and for the first time since 2011, the Ashland girls golf team will be a part of the competition.

With a second-place finish at the Northwest District Tournament this week, the Lady Arrows punched their ticket to state with an impressive team score of 336. Sophomore Anna Watson led the way with a 78 and was complemented by three rounds in the 80's from her varsity teammates.

"As a team, we played well and we deserved to make it," Watson says of qualifying for state.

Now that they've qualified for the top tournament in the Buckeye state, the youthful Ashland squad is preparing for next Friday's round at the Ohio State University Gray Course with a pressure-free attitude. Head coach Amanda Young understands her bunch is ahead of schedule and plans to approach the event with an open mind about placement.

"I know there's gonna be a lot of talented teams down there in Division One," Young says. "I think it's just a really good experience for this young of a team to get down there now and kind of see what it's all about."

The entire team, including junior Emma Swain, who carded an 89 at Districts, echoes the message from their head coach.

"I think for us, we're not really expecting to win or anything, but for me personally it's like a mental game that I need to just go out there and have fun and not worry about school or anything else," Swain says about state competition. 

"You just wanna really play your best and whatever happens happens," Leah Metzger, the lone senior on the Lady Arrows team says. "We just wanna have fun and try your best."

"I'm just going into it with a positive mind trying not to get overly obsessed about my score and just try to go out and shoot a good round," says freshman Kira Moore who fired an 84 at Districts.

And though Ashland will certainly be playing to bring home some hardware from Columbus this year, the youngsters recognize this could become an annual trip for the next few seasons.

Watson says, "I think in the future we have chances to make it to state again, so it's exciting."

"Everyone here, even the freshmen, they could become so much better than they already are," says sophomore Abby Fossaceca. "The future looks pretty bright for all of us."



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