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Lady Rebels golf holds out hope to reach state

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By Quincy Burt

Compete. It’s a simple message.
With four young ladies taking to the golf course for Casey County High School this season, that is what coach Brad Vaughn expects as well as opportunities to win some tournaments and, with improvement, a chance at state.
“Anytime out, we go to compete,” Vaughn said. “We don’t do it for any other reason. We have gotten third in three out of the four tournaments we have played so far. We are doing well, and even at that, we are doing better than what I expected so far.”
“Alyson Jaynes broke her collar bone at the end of last school year,” added Vaughn. “That made her lose a lot of time over the summer, and Taylor Beard just started playing last year (in a few tournaments). This is her first full year playing tournaments. They have all improved in their scores from last year, and that is helping.”
Experience will be on the side of each Lady Rebel in their own way, but senior Alyx Streeval will have to lead the charge on the scorecard for the team to be successful.
“Alyx Streeval is still my No. 1,” said Vaughn. “When she is playing right, she is tough to beat. I just want them (Alyx and fellow senior Jaynes) to have fun and enjoy their senior year. If they improve enough, and we don’t go as a team to state, they could go as individuals, and that would be great for them.”
Leadership on and off the course will come from Jaynes, despite losing time to her injury last year.
“Alyson helps lead the team,” Vaughn pointed out. “Her attitude towards it is extremely good. She is getting back to where she was before her injury. Her short game is taking some time to get back because of not playing. She is very coachable and a great kid.”
The other two Lady Rebels will not only have to compete, but they will have to put up some low scores to pick up the slack of not having a fifth member on the team.
“Taylor is happy-go-lucky; her and Beth both are,” said Vaughn. “It is fun to watch Taylor because she didn’t know anything about golf two years ago and now to see her hit shots and see in her eyes the joy of it. Now, she is doing what I expected her to do at this point. It is fun to watch her improve.”
“Beth is probably improved 10 shots this year,” added Vaughn. “She never complains. She just goes and plays and adjusts well to whatever is going on. Her ability to adapt is allowing her to do as well as she is right now.”
Casey has already played in four tournaments and placed third in three of them.
The Lady Rebels were within five strokes of winning the Rockcastle Invitational at the end of July and within one stroke of tying for second at the Battle at the Bridge (hosted by Casey) on Aug. 4.
“We played about as good as we could play that day,” Vaughn said, speaking of the Lady Rebels’ performance at the Battle at the Bridge. “The only time we haven’t played well so far is at Glasgow, and we were all new to that course. It was a learning experience for all of us. We play in tournaments to get them ready for the region. I think these girls can be pretty good, I just want them to compete.”

ROSTER
Seniors: Alyx Streeval. Allison Jaynes
Juniors: Taylor Beard
Sophomores: Beth Streeval

SCHEDULE

July 28 Rockcastle Girls Invitational, team finished third
July 31 Lady Scotties Invitational, did not place
Aug. 4 Lady Rebel Battle at the Bridge, team finished third
Aug. 5 Pulaski County Girls invitational, team finished third
Aug. 12 Barren County Invitational
Aug. 19 Joy of Golf Tournament
Aug. 26 Kentucky Invitational Tournament (Russell County)
Sept. 9 Lady Rebel Invitational at Hickory Hills
Sept. 16 Mercer County Invitational
Sept. 26 Regional Tournament