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O'Gorman Girls Chasing 3-Peat

April 16, 2012, 10:30 PM by Jim Madalinsky

O'Gorman Girls Chasing 3-Peat
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Experience can go a long way in any sport, but it's especially helpful on the links.
The 2-time defending AA champion O'Gorman Knights brought back all but one golfer this season, but they're not the only ones.

"In the state there's about 4 or 5 other teams that have the same amount of experience we have so its going to be a dogfight come the end of the year," O'Gorman Girls Golf Coach Rod Garrison said.

The Knights have been able to find their way to the top of the pack the last two years for a number of reasons, one of which is team chemistry in a predominantly individual sport.

"We all struggle, we do. There's ups and downs on every single hole and all you can think about is 'Ok, I'm doing this for the team. I'm not doing it to put up a score for myself.' Once you think of the team everything else just falls into place," O'Gorman Senior Michaela Kouri said.

In a sport like golf, you can have all the physical ability in the world, but the Knights rely on their mental toughness. Especially on the days where mother nature may not be cooperating.

"Mentally you have to be able to take what that course is going to give you today and you have to score on it. You've got to be able to score on conditions like this," Garrison said.

And while some teams would shy away from being labeled the favorites, the Knights are ok with it.
Even without last years leader Nadia Baka.

"Because we lost her we embrace it even more and that only makes everyone else work even harder and that's what's really important," Kouri said.

"The kids have played well over the last four five years so they expect to do as well as they can in the state tournament. That's just the way these girls feel," Garrison said.

A confidence that could go a long way for the Knights come tournament time.
 

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