|Lady Lancers seek continued links improvement|
|Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:25 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
RURAL MIDDLE POINT — Brad Doidge has been coaching golf for 23 years, 17 of them at Lincolnview in various ways.
He hopes to build on the Lady Lancer legacy in 2013 as the crew in 2012 advanced to the Division II level and finished sixth after a second-place ending at the sectionals.
So far so good for his relatively youthful group.
“We have two players back from last year: Macey Ashbaugh, a fourth-year senior, and Mikenna Klinger, who started last fall as a freshman,” Doidge began. “Those two give this young roster the experience. Mikenna played well in the Lima Junior Golf Association during the summer and Macey brings the senior leadership.”
He did lose two very experienced players from last fall’s group in All-District second-teamer Kaitlyn Brant and honorable-mention all-District Amanda Kocab, both who earned four varsity letters.
However, as always, young players — in this case, freshman Macala Ashbaugh, freshman Makenzie Kraft and classmate Kaylee Hobbs — have to step into the breach on the run.
“Those three are learning the game as fast as they can and learning on the fly as the matches have started,” Doidge added.
After competing in a pair of invitationals and doing fairly well as a team, the Lady Lancers host a tri-match 10 a.m. today at Hickory Sticks.