Girls golf team from GHS gets ready for 2017 fall season
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity girls golf squad from Grayling High School – a team that recently played in its first meet of the 2017 fall season – has low overall numbers this year, but the group does have several experienced players, including three seniors.
“We have three seniors and one sophomore who have played in previous years. My other two girls are brand new at the sport,” said Kim Johnston, new coach for the program.
This year’s GHS varsity girls golf squad: Destiny Schans (senior), Anna Fisher (senior), Chantel Maczorowski (senior), Aaliyah Essmaker (sophomore), Joslynn Rennie (sophomore), Jamie Maczorowski (freshman).
Some of them were able play over the summer, getting ready for the 2017 season.
“Destiny and Anna were a part of the (Gaylord Area Junior Golf Association) during the summer and Aaliyah helped with the Jason Potter Golf Clinic. Our official practice began August 9. I let the girls know they could play Grayling Country Club anytime during the summer for free,” Coach Johnston said.
Coach Johnston said the first couple of weeks of official practices went well.
“We worked on putting, chipping, and the driving range. The girls that were experienced would work with me on the driving range/putting area and then go out on the course. The two new golfers I worked with to teach them the fundamentals of golf, and the basic rules, so they could start going out on the course,” Coach Johnston said.
“We know putting and chipping are areas we need to work on. They also want to understand the rules better. I spend time talking and showing the girls how a certain rule is done. We have mini clinics for just rules,” Coach Johnston said.
What are the strengths of this year’s group?
“I have six players that all work well together. They listen, work hard, and have great personalities. The seniors want to finish strong this year, being it is their last year,” Coach Johnston said.
The Vikings opened their 2017 season with a meet hosted by East Jordan at The Mallard on Thursday, Aug. 17. On Monday, Aug. 21, the golf team hosted the Grayling Invitational at the Grayling Country Club. The Vikings will play in a Lake Michigan Conference meet at Grandview next week.
Coach Johnston, first-year coach of the program, said it’s been fun so far.
“I am really enjoying myself. The girls make me laugh, but they also know when to get down to business. I have been in education and coaching for 25 years. Watching the girls grow in the area of golf and having a love for the game are my ultimate goals. I am there to teach them the fundamentals, rules, and sportsmanship of the game,” Coach Johnston said.
Johnston’s two sons, Ron and Derek, were standout players for Grayling High School’s boys golf team several years ago. Derek coached the GHS varsity boys golf squad during the 2017 spring season.
“Golf is a big part of our family, and we all love the game and what it has to offer. Whenever we get the chance, the four of us enjoying playing a round,” Coach Johnston said.