Times Sports Editor
The 2008 Northview girls' golf team is looking to continue the program's strong history and build on a second-place sectional finish last year.
Aiding the cause is the return of three members of that sectional team that finished behind Terre Haute South last year.
The graduation of Mary Beth Tribble certainly leaves a hole at the top of the lineup, but the Knights have three seniors on this year's team that have taken over leadership roles.
"Allie Melega, Ali Rentschler and Savanah Pursell are our three seniors and all three are very strong and athletic. They each have the ability to have strong rounds," said coach Josh Trout.
"Savanah is very seasoned and she's been with us all four years," commented Trout.
Pursell was a member of the sectional squad last year as the No. 5 golfer and the return of Olivia Oehler and Mandy Thomlinson, the No. 2 and No. 3 golfers, gives Northview some experience to build upon.
"Mandy and Olivia have been very dedicated and were at almost all of the offseason workouts," Trout mentioned. "They each played several Mountain Dew Tour events during the summer."
Thursday's opening home match also showed that the team has great balance with Hayley Miller stepping forward to provide a 42 for low medalist honors for the Knights.
"Hayley Miller just started this summer and has already caught up to some of the girls," said Trout. "She's one of several natural athletes on the team."
Ali Trout, Rentschler and Melega are each providing good competition during practice along with Shelby French. Each of the girls saw action during the home opener at Forest Park.
"This is a very balanced team," said Trout. "We have a lot of opportunities for girls to step up leadership wise. It's been very competitive in practice and that's good. It keeps the girls on their toes."
Northview also has a wealth of young golfers on the team, which includes Kylee Orr, Rissa Berg, Hillary Thomas and Macie Lynch.
"We have three sophomores and three freshmen on the team and it's good that we get to give them some experience," said Trout of the underclassmen.
The Knights continue their schedule tonight with a home match against Washington beginning at 5 p.m. before testing themselves against rival Terre Haute South on the road on Tuesday.