Girls golf get time off from competition

Kylie McGrath, Editorial Board Member

The Liberty varsity girls’ golf team teed off the season with two league wins, and they are excited to carry this momentum into their next match; however, they need to wait an unusually long three weeks before competing again. 

To start their season, the girls’ golf team played against Hazen and Juanita at their home course and emerged victorious with Liberty players being medalists in both matches. 

“The team is doing well,” sophomore varsity player Ella Kim said. “We’ve won our first two matches and took first at a high school invitational last month.”

For the first time, Liberty also competed in an annual invitational on Whidbey Island and emerged as champions by six strokes. They plan on returning next year to defend their title. 

Differing from other spring sports this year, the girls’ golf team has a 24-day break in between their second and third league match. And with so much time on their hands, the team sticks to the routine and continues to sharpen their skills. 

“Right now is just lots and lots of practice–and french fries,” senior captain Melaya La Madrid said. 

The team hopes to keep their competitive fire during the break. Even during this time of intense practice, the girls grow closer and closer, developing their camaraderie. 

“As we advance more into the season, we’re growing the team bond more and more between new and former team members,” Kim said. 

Since golf itself is such an independent game, the players value any time they get to spend with their teammates, whether it be in practice or during matches. With a few new players, the returning girls did not waste any time getting to know them during the break and are working to make them feel a part of the team. 

“We have team members practicing and participating in tournaments outside of high school,” Kim said. “We also brought our top players to compete in an invitational over break.”

Playing in the Gamble Sands Invitational as a team for the first time, the Liberty girls dominated the 3A/4A division and took first. They are not taking any breaks during their time off. Because the team is off to such a strong start, all the girls have high hopes and look forward to the rest of the season. 

“I want our team to have a fire record in the KingCo league, dominate at districts, then move on to state,” La Madrid said. “So we’re gonna practice a lot and do some team bonding along the way.”