While the 2020 golf season had a premature end and no official state champion could be crowned, don’t tell the Enterprise Lady Cats that, as they believe they are the uncrowned champions.
The Lay Cats made it to the state tournament – and finished runner-up – for the first time in school history in 2019 and with the entire team returning in 2020, big things seemed to be in store for them.
“We are definitely state champs,” EHS senior Ashley-Sinclair Curtis flatly said. “I’ll go to the grave with that, we’re state champs. I refuse to say anything else.”
Fellow senior Katie Smith agreed with that assessment.
“I’ll definitely say my senior year we were supposed to win state,” she said.
Fellow senior and UAB signee Emilia Smith said they all knew great things were ahead.
“I think we had a lot of great things in store, so it would have been great to see where we could have gone,” Emilia Smith said. “I really think we could have done it – we would have done it – and it would have been great but we still have each other at the end of the day.”
EHS coach Rex Bynum said that if his seniors got that opportunity he would never count them out.
“I’m not going to say we could or should have won it but we would have had an opportunity and that’s all you can ask for,” Bynum said. “Knowing these young ladies, if they got an opportunity they probably would have won it.”
Over their high school careers, the three EHS seniors laid a foundation that they believe will help grow the program.
“I feel like we laid the foundation for the girls golf team,” Katie Smith said. “We were the first group to ever make it to state and I think we were going to win this year. I think (sophomore) Bella (Holtz) and all the other girls are going to be able to make it and I’m really excited to watch them play.”
The Lady Cat seniors said that they were a tight knit group and will take with them many great memories despite a frustrating finish to their senior year.
“We’ve been through a lot, we’ve done a lot of cool things together and we have a lot of great memories together,” Curtis said. “They mean a whole to me.”
The biggest thing that Emilia Smith said will always stand out to her is when they made the state tournament last season.
“Last year at sub-state we were all saying we had a 50/50 chance to make it,” she continued. “Some of us were pessimistic and some of us were optimistic but we were just like, ‘let’s do it’ and at the end we walked off the last green and each of us felt great about it. By the time we turned in our (score) cards it just felt surreal. Enterprise finally made it. It was pretty amazing.”
Katie Smith said she has a lot of favorite memories she’ll carry with her.
“My favorite memories are all of the dinners with the golf team before tournaments and just getting out there and being able to play with the girls,” she said. “There are some really great memories like the first time I broke 100. I remember all of us hugged and cried and I think Emilia broke 100 the week before. It was so much fun.”
One of Curtis’ favorite things was pranking her fellow seniors.
“Before the rounds messing with these guys and stealing their golf balls and alignment rods are some of my favorite memories,” Curtis said as she laughed.
Bynum called coaching the 2020 seniors the highlight of his coaching career.
“I won’t ever have a senior class like this (again),” he emphasized. “This was a very special class and is probably the highlight of my coaching career was last year going to the state tournament and being with these girls.”