GALLATIN - The Gallatin Green Wave golf team is gearing up for a memorable 2019 season.
After finishing in second place at the district tournament last fall, members of the 2019 golf team are already hard at work making sure they give themselves a shot at qualifying for the region tournament and beyond.
With a total of five girl golfers, expectations for the Lady Wave are high this season and with just one senior on the team the hope is the team can continue their excellence for many years to come.
“One of our team goals every year is to make it regions,” Gallatin golf coach Mickey Armstrong said. “I really like our chances to compete and make a run at state. I don’t see any reason for the girls not to do it.”
In order for the girls team to make it to state they must finish as the top team in the region. Preparation for that has already began for every girl golfer.
The team’s lone senior, Kayli Lucas, has been hard at work and has been accepted into a leadership program that will allow her to compete at Boise State this summer. Lucas’ success goes beyond the golf course as she is also in the running to be the school’s valedictorian.
Success doesn’t stop with Lucas. The team’s lone junior, Abigail Gornicki, had one of her best finishes in a Nashville tournament held at McCabe Golf Course last week.
Gornicki became the first Lady Wave golfer to advance to the semifinal and championship rounds at the tournament.
She competed her first qualifying round shooting a 75, placing her as the sixth seed for match play. In her quarterfinal match, she defeated the No. 3 seed with a 2-up score. She won her semifinal match 2-1. In the championship, she fell to the eventual champion 3-2.
“Her story really is great because the first competitive golf tournament she played was two years ago at McCabe where she shot a 1-6,” said Armstrong. “In the span of one year she improved by 30 shots after last year just barely missing the cut. Her improvement is very remarkable.”
Gornicki and her family are members of Tennessee Grasslands Golf and Country Club in Gallatin.
Adding to the team this year will be three sophomores, Regan Padilla, Libby Rominger and Kennedy Daughtry.
Padilla also competed in Nashville with Gornicki, but the Class of 2022 product missed the cut by just two shots.
“Reagan has made huge gains in a matter of just 12 months and that has been exciting to see,” Armstrong added. “Her first high school tournament she shot 122 and at McCabe she finished with a 78 in the qualifier round.”
Libby Rominger and Kennedy Daughtry will round out the girls team this year and will continue to compete in tournaments all over the state as the summer progresses.
On the boys side for Gallatin this year is Colton Werner.
Werner has been hard at work this summer already traveling to New Jersey to compete in the AJGA tournament where he placed second with a score of 73.
Werner continued his great play shooting a 78 at the US Open Qualifier in Maryland.
“We have a really young program as a whole,” Armstrong said. “With just one senior, one junior, five sophomores, and four freshman we have a bright future ahead of us.”
Armstrong is a 2004 graduate of Gallatin and is set to begin his seventh season as Gallatin golf coach.