Lady Golfers Gold on Green

FCA Champs

by Deborah Wade

The FACS Varsity Girls’ Golf team has been lighting up the course this season with victories over Hutchinson and St. George’s, a tie against St. Mary’s, only one loss (to St. Agnes), and a first-place team win in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Tournament.

At the FCA tournament, first-place individual winner Elizabeth, an FACS junior, shot an impressive 73 with three birdies. England has medaled at every match this season, including a third-place win at the West Tennessee Invitational. Grace, an FACS junior equaled her best score with an 85 to give her fourth place individually in the FCA tournament.

Elizabeth and Grace have been playing together since joining an FACS junior high team in seventh grade.

“When we first started playing it was on a small par-3 course,” Elizabeth explains. “We’d use one club for the whole course and say, ‘Oh, that club looks interesting. I think I’ll try it next time.’ “

“I couldn’t have imagined getting this far,” Grace says. “We didn’t know each other at all the first day of practice. Now we’re good friends and we both plan to play in college.”

Success has not been automatic. Elizabeth practices eight hours a day, six days a week during the summer, practices all day Saturday during the season and two or more hours on non-match days.

Grace has stepped up her own practice schedule because she says she has a 78 in her this season. “I’ve scored 39 on 9 holes so I can match my score (on the back nine) with more practice,” she says.

Athletic Director Philip Spain, who began coaching Elizabeth and Grace in seventh grade, and current Varsity Girls’ Golf Coach Debra Fanning, say they expect great things from the girls this season and next, through college … and perhaps beyond.