Mt. Pleasant girls golf team expects stellar season
Because of WPIAL realignment, Mt. Pleasant's girls golf team will face several new squads this season.
Different teams means different courses, which coach Megan Exley admits may cause some of her golfers a bit of uneasiness.
“Going to a course that we haven't played before, that will probably cause a little bit of anxiety,” Exley said. “But the girls are pretty good about seeing a hole, and their club selection. It's just the idea of playing a course that we've never played that might cause some nervousness.”
Mt. Pleasant will compete in Section 1-AA along with Derry, Ford City, Kittanning, Southmoreland and St. Joseph.
While Mt. Pleasant's competition may be different, the Vikings' goals remain the same.
“It's pretty much the same every year,” Exley said. “We would love to grab a section title. We just hope to do our best and have no regrets at the end.”
Exley said her lineup usually changes throughout the season, based on her golfers' scoring averages. One spot that is probably decided is at No. 1, where senior Danielle Brnilovich returns.
“She has great poise on the golf course,” Exley said. “She has a lot of knowledge of course management. She plays smart golf, and she's very talented.”
The No. 2 and No. 3 spots will likely be filled by senior Jaylynn Surma and sophomore Megan McCalmont. Exley still doesn't know who will play where.
“Jaylynn is pretty intense,” Exley said. “She also has a lot of knowledge about the game. Megan has a pretty solid game. It's coming together rather quickly for her this year.”
A group of girls including senior Kylee Zelmore, juniors Haley Brothers and Abbey Prevenslik and freshman Madelyn Prevenslik will battle for the lineup's remaining spots.
As with most teams, there are some question marks at the beginning of the season, but the Vikings are hoping to be an extremely solid team by season's end.
“We're a little shaky coming in,” Exley said. “But we're starting to bring down our scores. The girls jell well as a team. It's going to be a good team effort this year. We have high hopes.”
Dave Stofcheck is a freelance writer.