When thinking of the Swede girls’ golf team’s season, there are several things that came to mind.
The team displayed resiliency in many circumstances and worked hard each and every day to improve from one meet to the next.
Coach Tara Foster said that she was proud of her team’s performance during the 2020 season and said that the presence of the seniors on the team would definitely be missed.
“This years’ seniors have shown great leadership skills on and off the course,” she said. “These girls encourage the younger players on the team and give advice when needed.”
Foster went on to say that this particular group of seniors didn’t just provide leadership, they were counted on as consistent competitors for the Lady Swedes.
The team played well together, and worked with one another to push each other to the next level, led by Annica Harm.
“Annica led the Swedes the past two years with her dynamic game,” she said. “Her presence on the course will definitely be a game changer as she was a great role model for the team.”
Harm was the Swedes’ lone state qualifier in the past two seasons, finishing 23rd in 2019 and breaking into the medalist count with a 15th-place finish just last week.
Foster said that seeing Annica excel at the state meet was one of her favorite memories of the 2020 season.
“Seeing her stand proud up there with the top 15 players in Class C was a great accomplishment,” Foster said. “She is a fierce competitor and grinds it out on the course. She’s a player that leaves nothing out there on the course, she just goes for it.”
While the team will feel the loss of the outgoing seniors, there is hope for the players who will continue to sustain the team.
Foster said there were a couple of players who have shown great improvement this season.
“Ellarey Harm continued to knock strokes off her score as the season progressed,” Foster said. “She became more confident in her swing and matured on the course as the season drew closer to districts. She missed making it to the State Championship by five strokes.”
Foster went on to say that she’s looking forward to seeing who will step in to take the seniors’ spots on the team.
One of those players, she feels, could be Sophie Aden.
“Sophie was a freshman this year who was new to the game of golf, but definitely made an impression,” Foster said. “She is a very coachable player and takes in all the advice that you give her to perfect her game.”
The fun off the course was another part of the season that Foster said helped the team bond and grow together.
“Taco Tuesday, pizza and putt-offs, and team scramble competitions were about everyone getting out there and having fun,” Foster said of the activities.
Looking back on a good season, Foster had one thought as she turned her attention to 2021.
“I’m anxious to see who will put in the work over the summer and who is ready to compete come August,” she said.