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The lady goes it alone

With former Lady Admirals state qualifier Teleri Hughes transferring to Chattanooga Baylor, freshman Elizabeth Keeling is a lonely Lady Admiral golfer.

“I’m pretty excited for the season,” Keeling said, despite being the only FHS girls golfer. “I’d love to have a few other people on the team. I’m not too nervous about it, I’m just ready to see what comes from high school golf.

“I have an idea of what to expect, but you never know,” Keeling added. “My family always encourages me, and they’re great supporters. I can also talk to my coach [Jonathan Cox], he’ll probably give me a lot of advice on how to handle high school golf.”

Middle School region champ last season as an eighth-grader at Farragut Middle School, Keeling placed fifth in Tennessee Girls Amateur tournament.

“I was pretty happy with that, seeing as I had never gone before,” Keeling said. “It was just a real good experience over in Nashville. I was pretty proud of the middle school achievements, the team and as an individual from Farragut.”

Keeling said putting “is the most consistent” part of her game.

Keeling said she changed putters, now using Odyssey White Hot Rossey, because it’s “a little heavier, and I like the mallet style of it. I tried it out one day and it just seemed to work.”

Another strength is “probably course management,” Keeling said. “I don’t have the most distance [off the tee], so I’ve kinda learned how to handle the layout of a hole better.”

Seeking “overall consistency with all my shots,” Keeling said she is “still working on my game like crazy.”

“With irons and fairway woods I play Ping G-10s … you can always hit a clean shot with them,” Keeling said.

“My drivers are Ping Rhapsody … you gotta love the sound, and you’ve got pretty good distance and control on it, which is always important,” she added.

“I really like my clubs.”

As for her favorite courses, “I like Fox Den Country Club a lot, and I like Willow Creek Golf [Club] course,” Keeling said.

The freshman said WCGC “is well kept, it’s challenging for sure. The hole layouts are unique, and it’s always got plenty of obstacles to jump over.

“Fox Den’s course is just really pretty, the holes are really unique,” Keeling added. “It’s, again, very challenging to play.”

Keeling, 14, said she looks forward to the day when FHS has a real girls team. “It would be really nice to see [a team] represent our school.”

As for Hughes, “We play with each other every now and then,” Keeling said. “We keep in touch at tournaments and events and such. She’s great to play with, you learn a lot, actually, by just playing with her and watching her play.”


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