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Lady Demons field a young golf squad

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By Paul Gable

With only five golfers, two of whom were on the team last year, the Williamstown High School girls' golf team enters the 2008 golf season short on numbers, but not on talent.

Williamstown's top two golfers are junior Kara Caldwell and sophomore Ali Rich, both of whom had success last year. Other golfers include sophomores Brittney Elliott and Taylor Jacobs and a fifth grader, none of whom have any experience.

In addition to the three new faces, Williamstown also has a new coach this year as Al Rich replaces Stephanie Caldwell, who resigned.

"We are young, but we are coming along well. I am pleased, and the girls are interested in golf. The new girls are eager to learn," Rich said.

The Lady Demons recently finished second in a tournament that included Walton-Verona and Owen County. Rich earned medalist honors, firing a round of 39. At the Owen County Lady Rebel Invitational, Rich shot a 94 and Caldwell shot a 107. Last week, Williamstown put forth a strong outing at the Grant County Invitational as Rich fired a 77 to earn fourth place honors and Caldwell shot a 96.

"Both Kara and Ali are doing well for us," Rich said.

Much of the early success has to do with the team's new assistant coach, Doug Lawrence, Rich said.

Williamstown will look to pick up another strong showing Saturday, Aug. 16, at a tournament at Villa Madonna. Rich likes his team's chances in the tourney.

"I am looking forward to that," Rich said.