The Franklin County High School varsity girls golf team defeated Tallahassee Lincoln and Aucilla Christian last week, but fell to John Paul II, in their opening match of the season.
In the four-team match Aug. 26 at Southwood Golf Club, sophomore Megan Collins and eighth grader Melanie Collins each shot 46. Second year player and senior Calli Westbrook fired a 56 to secure her best score ever. Eighth grader Alexus Johnson followed with a 66, and sixth grader Abby Johnson shot 71, as both contributed in their first-ever golf matches.
"We were happy with the effort from all the girls and excited to have good athletes that want to improve every day," said head coach Scott Collins.
The team made the regional playoffs last year and seventh grader Melanie Collins qualified for state. Coach Collins said he expects this year's team to again make the playoffs and that the Lady Hawks have a solid chance to qualify for the state tournament as a team if they can play well in the Pensacola Regionals at the end of October.
Collins is assisted with coaching duties by Stacy Kirvin and Spencer Tolbert.
The team played Tuesday afternoon at Killearn Country Club against Chiles, John Paul II and Florida High. On Wednesday, they hosted Wakulla, Godby, John Paul II and Rickards at St. James Bay Golf Club.
On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the team is again on their home course, St. James Bay, when they take on Wakulla and Aucilla Christian. On Thursday, Sept. 11, they travel to the Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club to face Chiles, Leon and Maclay. – By DAVID ADLERSTEIN