Heading into their third season, the Cardinals golf team has its goals set high for this season. 

“We actually medalled in four tournaments last year,” head coach Susan DeVoe said. “So, we have improved enough to win medals. But, now we want to go to state as a team.” 

With nine players returning from last year’s team, including four varsity-level players, the team was motivated to work on its game during summer break to help improve their scores. 

“I think it will be a good season for us,” senior Brooklyn Thorne said. “We have a good team this year. We practiced together over the summer. We’re still growing, but it should be fun.” 

Another player returning to the varsity team is junior Joellen Vogt. Vogt finished last season by placing first at regionals and sixth at the state tournament. 

Vogt was recently listed in the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s Top 25 Girls Golfers to Watch this season. 

“When I saw the list come out, I wasn’t positive that I was going to make it because the list is 1 through 6A, so that’s all the girls in the state,” Vogt said. “Then I saw my name and it was just excitement. I didn’t think I was going to make it.” 

The Cardinals will also gain a brand new experience this year as they will compete in their first league tournament near the end of the season in October. Every team in the league will compete in this tournament. 

“Nobody would let us in this tournament because we were a new school in golf and we were inexperienced,” DeVoe said. “But it’s good that we have a league tournament where we get to play against all the people we will go to regionals and state with.” 

DeVoe said her main focus, however, is making sure the team gets collectively better as the season progresses so they can reach their goals. 

The Cardinals begin their season today (Monday) with their first tournament at the Ottawa Country Club. 

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