Turmoil has been plentiful for the Hillsboro High School girls golf team in recent years, but with four experienced players, hopes are high that 2021 will be a successful year for the Lady Hiltoppers.
While small in numbers, the roster carries the experience of senior Meagan Jorn and junior Alexandra Frailey, who are expected to be 1-2 for the HHS girls.
“Meagan has already improved tremendously through the summer,” said first year head coach Son Clayton. “Her improvement in chipping and putting will have a huge impact on lowering her scores this year. I tell the girls, you have to chip and putt if you’re going to score well in golf.”
Jorn has already demonstrated some of that improvement as she was medalist in the team’s first match and nearly finished in the top 10 at the Rocket Invitational on Aug. 21.
Clayton said that the Frailey has also improved much over the summer and is already further along than where she was at this point last year.
“She has also improved tremendously throughout the summer workouts,” Clayton said. “I expect Alex to shoot in the 40s and low 50s more often this season. If Meagan and Alex play well this season and shoot what I know they are capable of shooting, they will have a great year.”
Joining the two will be Alexandra Frailey’s sister, sophomore Samantha Frailey, and junior Aurelie Granito. Clayton believes that both can improve throughout the season and help the Toppers improve as a team.
“If Sam and Aurelie can maintain decent scores, we can be very competitive this season against South Central Conference teams,” Clayton said.
Throughout the early season and summer, Clayton has emphasized the mental aspect of the sport, saying that it’s 80 percent mental and 20 percent physical. With no room for error (all four will score each match since there are no fifth and sixth players), that can add extra pressure for the players, pressure Clayton is confident they can handle.
And if the Toppers can have some success, then maybe that will encourage others to pick up the game.
“Golf has a lot of values and teaches great life lessons along the way,” Clayton said. “I’m looking forward to a great season with these ladies.”