The Gallatin Lady Wave golf team is confident heading into the final match of the regular season.
Mickey Armstrong’s crew are an impressive 16-1, 10-0 this season season following their win over city-rival Station Camp Tuesday at Country Hills.
Senior Reagan Padilla has led the Lady Wave through 17 matches, but none bigger than her victory at Champions Run during the Father Ryan Invitational, where she shot 5-over par (77).
The victory for Padilla was not surprising to Armstrong, who says the senior is one of the hardest working individuals he has coached.
“She is constantly working on her game,” he said. “Her course management has improved so much since last year.”
Gallatin has one more match on September 16 at Country Hills against Hendersonville before starting the District 9-Large tournament on September 20 at Country Hills.
Armstrong says there is an advantage to playing Country Hills multiple times before the district tournament.
“It certainly helps your strategic advantage,” he said. “Day-to-day, the course will play differently, as do all courses, in the morning compared to the afternoon, but I do think there are advantages to playing the course before the district tournament begins — it certainly can be a tough course.”
Kennedy Daughtry has also played well for the Lady Wave this season, and with her consistent approach to match days, Armstrong says there is no reason Gallatin should have any goals short of reaching the state tournament for the second year in a row.
“They (Reagan, Kennedy) told me after the state tournament last year they wanted to go back as a team, and I think they can do it,” Armstrong said. “It’s been gratifying watching Reagan grow from her eighth-grade year to now. I’ll say as good as Reagan has been this year, Kennedy has been right there with her — she has swung the club well.”
Armstrong says he knows he can count on his top two golfers when holes inevitably get tough this postseason.
“The last couple of years, Kennedy has been thrown into some tough spots, and she plays well — we have a lot of confidence in her. Reagan, she is a gamer who will show up no matter where.”
Gallatin will work through a new region this year, assuming they get that far, playing teams out of Cookeville and Warren County, instead of Clarksville.
“Part of our goals this season was to win the district and region championship, and I think we can do that,” Armstrong said. “Our girls set lofty goals, and they go after them.”
Match Scores at Long Hollow vs. Station Camp/Portland
Reagan Padilla, 74
Kennedy Daughtry, 76
Libby Rominger, 110
Match Scores from Riverside vs. Merrol Hyde
Charlie Smith, 58
Moren Edwards, 52
Match Scores from Davidson Academy Inv. - Second Place
Match Scores from Long Hollow vs. Wilson Central
Match Scores from Long Hollow vs. Beech, Clarksville
Match Scores from Long Hollow vs. Springfield, Merrol Hyde
Match Scores from Country Hills vs. Beech
Father Ryan Invitational
Reagan, 79 - First
Match Scores from Country Hills vs. Station Camp
Gallatin Lady Wave
Reagan Padilla, Kennedy Daughtry, Libby Rominger, Charlie Smith, Moren Edwards, Cara Millwood, Kennedy Coles
Green Wave boys eye improvement with each match
After graduating one of the more decorated golfers in school history in Colton Werner, Gallatin is focused on continued growth this season.
"The boys have been a combination of new and old this season," Armstrong said. "We are trying to prepare them for the years to come. Spencer Wakefield has played good golf this year; Drew Hatley has made good strides from sophomore to junior year. They are a young group who is getting better everyday by pushing themselves."
Gallatin Green Wave golfers
Jacob Graves, Bryson Curtis, Nate Correll, Drew Helmintoller, Spencer Wakefield, Grant Weaks, Drew Hatley, Joseph Sadler, Collin Poole, JT Whitehead, Remi Bohuslavicky