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Playing well is more important than score as Eastside girls head to state

Eastside’s girls golf team will head to Waynesboro Country Club to participate in the Class AAAA state tournament on Monday. Playing for the Eastside girls are, from left, Taylor Maddox, Autumn Whiten, Brittany Medlin and Alexis Allen. (Staff photo: Manny Fils)

Eastside’s girls golf team will head to Waynesboro Country Club to participate in the Class AAAA state tournament on Monday. Playing for the Eastside girls are, from left, Taylor Maddox, Autumn Whiten, Brittany Medlin and Alexis Allen. (Staff photo: Manny Fils)

COVINGTON — The Eastside girls are not at a particular score when they play in the Class AAAA girls golf state tournament at Waynesboro Country Club on Monday. All they want to do is improve.

“Of course we want to win. But in the event that we don’t win, we just want to go there and compete. We want to play as hard as we can and shot our best score,” Eastside girls coach Judy Smith said. “I don’t dwell on scores and I don’t want them to dwell on them either.”

The Eastside girls, Taylor Maddox, Autumn Whiten, Brittany Medlin and Alexis Allen, are heading to the state tournament with the eighth best qualifying score having shot a 302 at Sectional. They made it to sectional having posted a 303 at the Region 8-AAAA tournament. The girls went into the sectional with the fourth lowest score and came out in third place.

“Before sectional, I knew that there were 15 teams there and I knew that nine were going to go to state. I never told them that information. I wanted them to go out and play their best,” Smith said. “I didn’t want them to think they had this thing sewn up. I wanted them to understand that they have to play hard every time and shoot their best score every time. That’s the reason I don’t pay attention to the numbers. We always want to do better than the last time.”

Even though only three scores of the four players are counted for the team score, Smith likes the fact that every girl had contributed with their score at one time or another. At the region tournament, Allen had the low round for the Eastside girls helping them advance to the sectional. But at sectional her score was not counted.

“We have counted different scores at different times and that has helped to really build a strong bond between the girls. They know that if they’re having a hard day or bad day that somebody will pick them up,” Smith said.

“When we started the season I told the girls that they would have to compete for their positions. They don’t play because it’s their turn to play they play because they have earned that position,” Smith said. “They’ve had to compete against each other but that has helped them to help and encourage each other. They have become very close.”