The Southeast Bulloch girls golf team are preparing for their fourth straight state appearance as they head to Hartwell for the Class AAA tournament.
The Yellow Jackets have had quite a bit of success on the links over the past 10 years as they made five straight appearances in the state tournament from 2009-2013 as well.
This year’s group placed second in the area tournament, which was in Statesboro at the Georgia Southern Golf Course where the Jackets shot a 288, and while they have potential for an even lower round, coach Aimee Civalier is happy about how the Jackets enter the state.
“Looking at all the scores that have come in from throughout the state we are shooting for a top 10 finish,” Civalier said. “We would love to finish in the top eight, but our main goal is to compete like I know we can. We have three seniors and we are hoping they can all post their lowest rounds and finish their careers on a good note.”
The Yellow Jackets may have to shake off a little rust, as they have not played a competitive match since hosting the area on April 30.
“It does seem like quite a while between the area and the state,” Civalier said. “The girls have been practicing though, they have been working on things like sand shots, which gave us some trouble at the area tournament. We have practice rounds set up before we play so I hope that will help as well.”
The Yellow Jacket golfers have all made at least three trips to the state tournament, so they are hoping that experience will help them to a top 10 finish.
“I have learned that no matter what happens you need to keep your head up, and keep pushing through,” said junior Jade Hoyle. “We really want to send these seniors out on a good note, and I think we can do well this week.”
For the Jackets to push through to a top 10 finish they will need a solid round from senior Marleigh Cooper who has been the Jackets top player all four years.
“I’m very excited about going back to state, and I’m also determined to finish strong,” Cooper said. “I’ve made it all four years, but this is my last so it’s important to play my best. I’ve learned that even one shot can make a difference, and we really want to try and finish at least top 10 this year.”
The Yellow Jackets get things underway Monday morning at the Cateechee Golf club in Hartwell.