Fall sports preview -- Golf
By News-Argus Staff
Published in Sports on August 15, 2004 7:27 AM
Charles B. Aycock
Coach: Gary Hales, second season
Last season: 30-16
Playoffs: One golfer, Kelli Forbis, qualified for the state tournament
Gone: Madison Howell, who graduated
Back: Forbis, Morgan Lane and Brooke Newell
Outlook: Forbis will anchor a solid Aycock squad that has experience, but Hales is concerned about the team's lack of consistency from last season. If Lane or Newell can shoot consistent low scores with Forbis, the Falcons should contend for Eastern Carolina Conference title honors.
Coach: Scott Waller, seventh season
Last season: 74-3, 35-0 in conference play
Playoffs: Conference champions, eastern 3-A regional champions, third in state 3-A championship tournament
Gone: Kristen Freeman
Back: Brittney Taylor, Ashley Smith, Megan Sutton, Heather Raczkowski
Outlook: Waller's teams are 230-75 in his seven years, but his moist successful team was a year ago. With Freeman at Mount Olive College, Waller must now count on a new team leader. That should be Taylor, the senior who finished 10th at last year's state championship tournament. "Brittney has the capability to shoot in the 70s," said Waller. "She just needs to keep improving. One of the girls needs to step up and join her." Smith should be the other low scorer, but Sutton or Raczkowski could push her, as could sophomores Janelle Archer and Cori Bell. Waller sees one weakness -- the team's lack of match experience as a whole. Charles B. Aycock and South Central should be conference contenders along with the Warriors.
Coach: Brooks Daly, first season
Last season: winless - finished in second place in Wayne County tournament
Back: Jennifer Johnson and Hannah Lane; Amanda Smith and Paula Webber round out the team
Outlook: Daly was one of Wayne County's first prep girl golfers, playing for Southern Wayne. She now leads the Gators in a conference that only has one other girls golf team -- North Johnson. The team will play nine-hole matches for the most part and will call Sleepy Creek Golf Course home.
Coach: Mike Connelly, first season
Last season: Not reported
Playoffs: Not reported
Gone: Not known
Outlook: It's an all-new team and an all-new coach as Mike Connelly -- who will become known as the Saints' new boys basketball coach -- begins with five underclassmen, all new to golf. Krystal Pendergraft and Trisha Blackman are juniors, while Lynn Grantham is a sophomore and Jordan Hill and Alyssa Bradshaw are freshmen.
Teams not reporting -- Greene Central, North Johnston, Princeton. Goldsboro, Rosewood, James Kenan, North Duplin, and North Lenoir do not field girls golf teams.
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