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Dukes sharpening up her game

Finishing tied for third in Region 2-AAA and qualifying for state in 2010, Hardin Valley Academy golfer Abby Dukes is sharpening up on “smart shots.”

“Course management, I’ve gotten better on thinking about smart shots,” said Dukes, a rising junior who added that chipping and putting are her strengths.

Accuracy off the tee is an area needing the most improvement.

“My length is pretty good,” Dukes said, saying she’s added about 10 yards of length since last season.

“Over the fall and winter I worked out a lot to improve strength and get more distance off the tee,” Dukes added. “It’s helped a lot.”

As for the pressure to get better, “It’s mainly me, but my dad will also push me a little more,” Dukes said.

As for the end reward, “I’d like to get a scholarship for college,” she said.

Setting her sights as a Lady Hawk in 2011, “I’d like to win region and be in the top five in state,” Dukes said, adding that Bearden senior Kelli Pemberton, Region 2-AAA runner-up last fall, is among Dukes’ main competition for region honors.

Dukes, 16, uses a Titleist putter. Once using Scotty Cameron, Dukes said she liked “how [Titleist] felt on the green.”

Otherwise, her clubs are all TaylorMade. About TaylorMade, “I got them about three or four years ago. They fit better to my swing,” Dukes said.

Bridgestone has been her ball of choice for the last two years. “I can get more length off the tee, and also spin it on the greens,” Dukes said. “I used to play Titleist Pro V-1, but I couldn’t control that one on the green. I had too much spin on it.”

Senior McCall Beckler will play No. 2 as the only other Lady Hawks golfer.


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