Woodstock girls’ golf going in the right direction
By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Tue., May. 31, 2011
Woodstock Academy girls’ golf coach Randy Weigand thought his team played well against a tough Northwest Catholic team on May 25, despite losing the match 5-2. They shot 205 for nine holes.
“If we shoot 205 on a regular basis, we make the state tournament,” Weigand said after the game.
This is only the third year for the Centaurs girls’ golf program, but the interest in the team has been strong. Weigand, who has been the coach since the beginning, is confident that the program is getting steadily better.
Erin Kelly and Stacy Baranski are the number one and two players for the Centaurs. Kelly is the captain and the nucleus of the team. “She shoots steady numbers all the time,” Weigand said. “Her numbers aren’t going to fluctuate much. She’s a scholar athlete, a quiet kid, but she goes out and does her thing consistently. Hopefully the rest of the kids will follow her example.”
Baranski is a junior and has been in the program for all three years. “Golf isn’t easy,” Weigand said. “There are so many integral parts to it. It takes a while for someone to comprehend what you’re trying to tell them and once you get it, the game starts to become easier. That’s where Stacy is now. She has the potential to be one of the best players that graduates from Woodstock.”
Colleen Graham is the other senior on the team, and Weigand calls her an absolute workhorse. “She gives 150 percent. After everyone has gone home, she’s on the driving range hitting golf balls. She is a team person. I hope the girls follow her footsteps,” he said.
Weigand is already making plans for next year. The Centaurs don't belong to a league, but Weigand doesn't want that to stop his players.
“We still have the potential to play the state tournament,” he said.
Woodstock Academy Girls’ Golf Coach Randy Weigand
Seasons with the team: 4
Thoughts on the season: “I think the golf program is going in the right direction, which is up,” the coach said. “We had the best total score in three years. The numbers of girls coming out for the team is increasing. We have a nice nucleus of players.”
Sothia Semmelrock - Freshman, #4 golfer against Northwest Catholic:
“Sothia’s got a good base to work with. She’s got a good swing. In golf, you have to have a good attitude,” said coach Randy Weigand. “You have to be able to shrug things off. You have to be able to grind it out. It’s not just an individual sport, it’s a team sport. She’s got the potential.”