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State champion Lady Ads looking to repeat
Four of top five golfers return in 2005


Junior Erika Thornton is still huugray after shooting a 74 and 77 in helping Farragut win the Class AAA state title last fall, placing sixth individually.

“I’m definitely looking for another state championship,” Thornton said. “We still have four strong girls, so we should definitely be in competition for state.

“I’ve had a lot of experience over the last year, and I think my game has improved a lot just from playing so many tournaments I have over the summer,” Thornton added. “Just all around.”

Among her best performances was a tie for third at the Tennessee State Junior Amateur Girls Championship in Niota earlier this summer. (74-77).


Despite losing Megan Cox, the team’s No. 1 player, “I’ve got four good players,” Lady Admiral head coach Mike Driver said.

“If we go out and do what we need to do, it could be us and Jeff[erson] County again [for state honors]. They’ve got all their players back, and each one’s getting better.”

As for Thornton, “Erika hits the ball probably, I think overall, as far or farther than anybody on the team,” Driver said. “She hits the ball a long way, and she’s continued to work on that. But I think the biggest thing she’s improved on is ... her iron play and giving herself opportunities for birdies.

Junior Jillian Brodd “has really improved her scoring,” Driver said. “She shot as low as sixty-nine this summer down In Rome, Georgia, in a big A-G-J-A event, so she knows she can go low. The ability to make birdies ... is the biggest jump in her score.”

As for her play in the Junior National in Boise, Idaho, in July, “she didn’t make the cut, but it was a good experience for her,” Driver said. “I think she’s the first one we’ve had qualify for junior national .... since I’ve been around, boy or girl.”

Senior Carolyn Levy is attempting to bounce back from shoulder surgery, “so she was out for most of last year,” Driver said. “She’s really got a good short game, she gets up and down and has a good putter, can make a lot of saves for par or can make some good putts for birdies.”

Alyssa Randolph, a sophomore, has changed her swing with positive results according to Driver. “Now she’s got her swing where she wants it,” Driver said. “The biggest thing with her, she’s improved her ability around the green to save strokes.”

As for team rank, “based on what I’ve seen this summer, I’d say probably, right now, Jillian’s probably playing the best, then Erika, then probably Carolyn and Alyssa.”

However, in a recent round, “Alyssa shot the lowest of any of the girls. ... You never know what’s going to happen,” Driver said.

 

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