TUALATIN — The Tualatin High School girls golf team is hoping that hard work and dedication pays off.
With that in mind, and with a new coach, the Timberwolves are optimistic going into the 2017 season.
"We have 16 members of the Tualatin Girls Golf team this season and they are working very hard to improve their skills in spite of the poor weather," said first-year Tualatin coach Eric Wadsworth, a former baseball coach at the school. "They are energetic and motivated to get on the course and play on a daily basis. I am excited to help them any way I can to learn this great game and help them accomplish their goals."
The Timberwolves also boast four returning players from last year's squad that finished in sixth place in the team standings at last year's Three Rivers League district tournament.
"We will need our veteran members to lead us this season," Wadsworth said.
Among that group are a pair of seniors in Taylor Frazier and Reilly Wadsworth.
"Two senior leaders will impact our team positively are Taylor Frazier and Reilly Wadsworth," Eric Wadsworth said. "They both have the most experience and have set both personal and team goals to achieve success."
Reilly Wadsworth led the way for the Wolves at last year's district tournament with a two-round score of 195, which included a 92 in the tourney's second round.
Juniors Haley Barnard and Rylan Sornson also return from last year's varsity.
"Haley Barnard and Rylan Sornson are excellent returning varsity players and will look to score well in league play and hopefully move on to the regional tournament," Eric Wadsworth said. "All four of these players have made tremendous improvement during the off season and look to score well throughout the season."
Besides the returnees, there are also other members of the team who could make an impact this season.
"In addition to our veteran members, we have some young talented members of our team who will challenge for a varsity spot any given week," Eric Wadsworth said. "I have been very impressed by the improvement of all members of our team the past two weeks. These girls are finding out that, as the late Arnold Palmer once said, 'Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.'"
Other players who could potentially make the Tualatin varsity line-up include juniors Sophie Searle and Lindsay Kang, sophomore Abbey Lakeman and freshmen Hailey Kang, Megan Kindle and Amber Jun.
"The key for members of our team is to stay in position on every shot on the course," Eric Wadsworth said. "We need to believe in the power of positive thinking and visualize ourselves hitting the shot desired. The girls are working hard to get better every day in some small way. I'm excited to see what they can do this season as they develop as golfers and people."
The Timberwolves will open their 2017 league schedule on Monday, when they play at Chehalem Glenn in Newberg, starting at 11 a.m.