The Enterprise High School boys and girls golf teams come into 2019 on opposite ends with the Lady Cats returning all players, while the Wildcats will feature a number of fresh faces.
With the entire Lady Cats team returning, Enterprise coach Rex Bynum is expecting a big season.
“All of my girls are returning from last year’s team, so I’m expecting big things out of them,” Bynum emphasized. “We had two of our top four qualify for the state tournament, which is very good when you consider only 20 qualify in the whole state.”
In 2018, both Emilia Smith and Ashley Sinclair Curtis qualified for the state tournament with Smith finishing in 11th place, while Sinclair Curtis came in at No. 18 as the two were two of the top 20 female golfers in the state. Smith also finished No. 8 overall in the state in 2017 as a freshman.
“With those two coming back and our No. 3 girl, Katie Smith, we are looking forward to a big year,” Bynum said. “Emily Yerman and Miyeko Marden are two others we’re expecting to step up. I think we can be very competitive against everyone we play, not only in the tournament but in sections and sub-state and hopefully the state tournament.”
The boys return just one senior – Ben Francisco – and no juniors.
“Ben is basically a four year starter for me,” Bynum said. “He’s been in our top five in virtually every match or tournament we’ve had since I’ve been here.
“He’s our No.1 guy and I expect a lot out of him, not only good play but good leadership, too.”
Joining Francisco will be sophomore Brady Wood, freshman Bryant Burns and eighth graders Gibson Charlton, Nick Cook and Jackson Bailey.
For both squads, Bynum said the short game will be very important this season.
“Particularly our putting and chipping is what we really have to concentrate on,” Bynum said. “That’s when you can make the most dramatic improvement in your game. Putting has to be better and chipping has to be better. The short game will be critical for us.”