The expectations for the Lady Bulldogs golf team were not necessarily low coming into the 2017 season, but the team was missing several key contributors from last year’s group.
Amy Phan and Payton Sirmons are the only two seniors on this year’s team and each helped propel the Lady Bulldogs to several top finishes in competition this season.
Although the play of his seniors has been par for the course this season, what has Coach Randall Coffman most impressed is the play of his younger athletes.
“We lost two four-year lettermen last year but the slack has been picked up by sophomore Alysa Guerra and senior Amy Phan,” Coffman said. “The team has certainly exceeded expectations, especially early on in the season.”
For what Coffman lost in experience, younger players have made up much of the difference and so far the results have been mostly positive.
Both Guerra and Phan are first-year lettermen for the Lady Bulldogs and with Sirmons, Elia Roblez and Amanda Coffman adding their skills into the mix, Altus has earned top finishes in four of six tournaments.
The Lady Bulldogs opened their season at the Ft. Sill-Lawton MacArthur Invitational in which the team finished fourth overall and Sirmons completed play as a top-ten medalist.
It was a great way to open the season for a team that began the year with several questions in place.
The Lady Bulldogs carried the momentum to the Weatherford Invitational and were able to finish second. At that same tournament, Guerra finished as a top-ten medalist — the first of her young career.
The team also placed second overall at the Ft. Cobb-Anadarko Invitational before…
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