Gone are the familiar faces CHS girls golf fans have gotten used to for the
last four years.
But, Coach Dale Hewitt is worried as the Trojans open the 2013 season on
Tuesday in the Lafayette Jeff Invitational at Battle Ground Golf Course.
“I think we’ll still be pretty decent and surprise some people,” Hewitt
said. “We won’t be the dominant team we were in the past, but we’ll be
Gone is two-time defending state champion Kelly Grassel, along with
classmates Marissa Kroeger and Nicole Dutz.
“It’s hard losing three college players, but we’ve got two players coming
back in senior Taryn Trusty and sophomore Gracie Davis,” Hewitt said.
“They’ll both be starters at the top of our lineup.”
Trusty also has the job of team leader as the Trojans lone senior.
“Taryn will just continue to improve and use the good short game that she
has,” Hewitt said. “She’s got a good head on her shoulders and has a lot of
Freshman Cara Kroeger should fill in the third spot in the lineup, while the
fourth and fifth spot are up for grabs.
“Cara Kroeger comes in this year to be part of that top three and the four
and five spots are up for grabs,” Hewitt said. “We’ve got several JV players
back from last year in Becca Schmiegel and Rachel Enright. New players like
Lexy and Andrea Hanas and Kaylee Casbon will all compete for those last
“The difference between a decent team and a really good team is the short
game,” Hewitt said. “You have to be able to get down in two or three shots
in the last 50 yards. Every decent team has girls that can hit the ball. You
have to get up and down. That’s what we are going to work on the most.”
The rest of the Trojans’ roster includes Donna Trowbridge, Kaitlynn Mears,
Elle Donovan and Rachael Bushue.
“They know they aren’t the team of the last four years, but they also know
we have a good program and solid reputation,” Hewitt said. “That helps and I
think they are ready to blaze their own trail.”