By Dave Pearce
Success brings expectations.
There’s no better example of that than the North Posey girls’ golf team. Last year’s team advanced from the sectional into regional play and won its second straight Pocket Athletic Conference title.
So with everyone back from last year’s team, the Lady Vikings had a bullseye on their back every time they hit the links this year. But like true champions do, this team has not disappointed their fans or themselves.
Last week it was their third Pocket Athletic title in a row and this weekend at Helfrich Golf Course on Saturday, the Lady Vikings, under the direction of Kevin Wassmer, proved they could not only handle the pressure but they thrived on it.
When the dust had settled, senior Maggie Camp was the best golfer in the Evansville Sectional, shooting a 74, and the Lady Vikings were headed back to the regional, where they will play on Saturday at Eagle Valley.
But the coach always wants to see his team do just a little better and Saturday’s round was no exception.
“I really thought we would have contended just a little better,” Wassmer said after the team was awarded their ribbons. “I really thought we should be in the 330 range (they shot 345) but we did what we needed to do and that’s what really matters. They all battled and kept their heads in it and they have a lot to be proud of.”
Wassmer said that his team did not have their “A” game at the sectional and that they would be working hard this week on the things they will need to do too take them to the next level.
“This is a big deal for a school like North Posey to come in here and advance out of this sectional,” Wassmer said.
Although advancing out of the regional is not impossible, it will be a monumental task for the Lady Vikings as no less than four teams playing in the regional are ranked among the state’s top 15.
But Wassmer believes everyone on the team is certainly capable of playing better golf than they played on Saturday, even his top golfer Camp.
“That’s a great score (74) but Maggie really didn’t really have her best game today,” Wassmer said. “She was kind of scraping it around a little bit but she did what she needed to do and we talked a lot about that..about what it takes to play well when you don’t have your best game. And she really did that today.”
Last year’s team finished fifth in the regional but was only nine strokes away from third place, seemingly a lofty goal this year. But certainly attainable, according to their coach.
“We have to shoot in the 325-330 range next week,” Wassmer said. “And if you take away all their three-putts today, we are there. Just getting rid of the three-putts will get us to where we need to be.”
Allison Koester, with an 83, was a solid number two for the Lady Vikings but she, too, struggled at times, especially in the middle of the round.
“She started out really well and went through a spell there where she struggled with her putting,” Wassmer said. “She came back and shot 40 on the back, which again is not as well as she wants to play but she hung in there and battled.”
The quintet finished out the day with Taylor Patton shooting a 91, Kendall Crowder a 97, and Shelby Ackerman finished with 103.
The Vikings will play the regional on Saturday at Eagle Valley.