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One of the toughest things about golf is the mental aspect of the game.
When you are playing well, it’s nearly an error-free day. When it is a bad day, your mind can start to wander.
The Columbus East girls golf team made mental mistakes and had higher scores than usual but was able to defeat Shelbyville 179-209 on Thursday at Otter Creek Golf Course.
Olympians coach Troy Buntin said the team lacked the mental focus they needed in order to get lower scores.
“Some days you’re going to have good days; some days you are going to have bad days,” Buntin said. “This happens in a condensed season, and sometimes the team can let their minds get away from golf.”
Missed putt opportunities, shots landing in the bunker and short approach shots were some of the things that kept the Olympians from having better scores against the Golden Bears.
“We had fantastic shots, but because we weren’t playing to the right side of the green, it kept us from getting a good score,” Buntin said. “The girls need to filter out everything and focus on golf, because if they lose focus, they’re going to have a bad day.”
Senior Caroline Smith earned medalist honors with a 41, while sophomore Rebecca Smith shot 45. Sophomore Kaitlyn King scored a 46, and junior Abby Frazier carded a 47.
Junior Maggie Frazier ended with 49, while sophomore Nicole Bodi had a 55 and sophomore Megan Hashimoto shot 56. Senior Emily Dial had a 58, and freshman Sarah Krebs finished at 62.
Caroline Smith said that while she had the lowest score, it wasn’t her best effort.
“I had little mistakes all around, and those mistakes can be fixed,” Smith said. “Once I fix the small mistakes I made from today, I will be all right.”
Abby Frazier said that there were minor parts of her game that kept her from having a lower score and performing better.
“I need to focus on my putting,” Frazier said. “In order to get better, I need to be more confident.”
Frazier said that the long drives and key shots in the final few holes added confidence to her overall play and made her think positive for future meets.
“I need to hit my shots straight,” Frazier said. “The good thing about today was, my drives were solid, which has been hard for me lately.”
Buntin said that the team needs to focus mentally during the next few practices and improve their game in order to compete with top teams this season.
“We have to play smart and think about every shot,” Buntin said. “We need to be mentally strong and focused in order to move forward and play better.”
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