INDIAN HILL – The Indian Hill High School Lady Braves have now racked up three consecutive winning seasons along with three sectional titles under coach Cynthia Annett.
Now in her 10th year, Annett has been named an Enquirer Coach of the Year four times (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014).
Returning for Indian Hill are Gabby Goeke, Allie Satterfield, Alice Zhang and Bella Bristol. All are seniors, except Bristol who is a sophomore. Senior Emily Satterfield also is on the squad.
Allie Satterfield, Goeke and Zhang were top scorers in last season’s sectional triumph at the Hamilton Elks Club last September.
Indian Hill faces McNicholas Aug. 13. On Aug. 17, the Lady Braves participate in a quad match with Cincinnati Country Day, McNicholas and Wyoming.
Cincinnati Country Day won’t have Kacie Bradfish, a 2014 district runner-up and state tournament qualifier. She is continuing her golf career at Purdue this fall.
With Bradfish and fellow graduate Elizabeth Grace out of the picture, the Indians might be in for a rebuilding year. After those two, the scoring takes a significant drop.
Last year, Maggie Bernish, Taylor Boggs and Carmelita Mays all shot 141 or worse in the sectional tournament at Hamilton Elks.
The Indians are coached by Pat Dunn.
The Mount Notre Dame Cougars were 2-7 in the Girls Greater Catholic League and 6-10 overall in 2014. However, in postseason, they were third at the Division I sectional tournament and eight at the district event.
Top returning golfers for MND are seniors Molly McCudden and Alex Martin. The two seniors were all-league last year with McCudden making second team and Martin honorable mention. Seniors Megan Shea, Sam Shinkle and Grace Weber should also contribute.
“Last year we ended our season in the district tournament,” first-year head coach Kelly Kaiser said. “This year we have many returning starters. Tryouts showed that the girls have worked hard this summer to improve their game.”
MND is at the Middletown Invitational Aug. 12, then at California against St. Ursula Aug. 19. They host Lakota East Aug. 20 at The Mill.
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy senior Morgan Bowen just missed qualifying for the state tournament last season.
Bowen fired a 79 in the Division II district tournament at PipeStone Golf Course. Carroll’s Brittney Blaschak edged her out by two strokes.
“Also returning is junior Devon Taylor,” Eagles coach Cameron Williams said. “Incoming freshmen Bree Wilson and Carolyn Smith should contribute immediately.”
CHCA should be one of the favorites because of Bowen, but will need the entire freshman class to contribute if they want to advance to the districts for the third straight year as a team.
With the departure of Enquirer Golfer of the Year Carolyn Markley and her St. Ursula teammates Ramya Chandrakumar, Katie Frey and Meredith Weidner, it could be Ursuline Academy’s year to ascend to the Girls Greater Catholic League throne.
The Lions lost only one league match last year and could return several talented golfers including conference first-teamer Olivia McCloy, second-team selection Sarah Doyle and the trio of Leyton Brumfield, Abigail Klare and Julia Moran, who received honorable mention.
The Lions were the sectional runner-up last year and are coached by Marianne Utz Sahms.
Players to watch
Allie Satterfield, Gabby Goeke and Alice Zhang, Indian Hill. Top scorers from last year’s sectional champions.
Molly McCudden and Alex Martin, MND. All-league golfers for the Cougars.