Scotland High School is fielding one of the smallest golf teams in the conference this season, meaning every shot literally counts for the Scots.
The girl’s golf team from Scotland has just four members. And three are seniors. The other, Brooke Bathie, is a freshman. Coach Donald Barringer said this year’s team is the smallest he has coached, due to players graduating and only one new player. Last season there were nine players on the roster.
Normally, the first four finishers on each team have their scores counted towards the total. That leaves Scotland with no room for errors.
Elizabeth Dunbar, one of the seniors, said the decreased numbers hasn’t put a strain on the team.
“I like having a small team. You really get to know everybody,” Dunbar said.
Dunbar, along with seniors Kira Gregory and Ashley Barringer, have been playing for Scotland since they were freshmen. The three seniors were joined this season by Bathie, who said it has been interesting playing with three experienced players, who occasionally give her pointers.
“(Ashley Barringer) helped me perfect my sand shot,” Bathie said.
Scotland played its first home match on Monday at Scotch Meadows. The Scots hosted five teams from around the region and finished in third place with a combined score of 388.
Barringer led the Scots with her score of 83. Gregory shot 95, Bathie 101 and Dunbar 109. Scotland finished two points behind second-place finisher Hoke County.
Pinecrest continued it’s dominance by winning the match. Gabbi Weiss, of the Patriots, set a new course record for a woman at Scotch Meadows with her 65.
The Scots have three matches left this season until the regional tournament starts on Oct. 21, and the state tournament on Oct. 28. Both tournaments will be held at Pinehurst.