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Oceanside Collegiate Girl’s Golf Team Focused On Winning School’s First State Championship

By Billy G. Baker

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Mt. Pleasant-If things go as planned, when the sun goes down at the Southern Oaks Country Club in Piedmont, S.C. on October, 24, the Oceanside Collegiate Academy girl’s golf team hopes to bring their new charter school its first state championship ever by winning the AAA girl’s golf championship.

“No doubt about it, a state championship is our goal and this is why our four girls have been working three hours a day, five and six days a week,” said co-head coach Ryan Bartemeyer who takes the team to their matches and handles administration issues. The practice co-head coach, who works with the team at practices is teaching pro Ty Gosnell.

“We would certainly take a lot of pride seeing our efforts help hoist that first state championship banner in our gym,” said Coach Bartemeyer. “I tell our players all the time to have the right mental attitude, and to have confidence in their abilities, because all four of our players are next level players. They all want to play the sport at the highest level.”

To date the team has won two of the six 18 hole tournaments they have participated in with second place finishes in three others.

“We do not participate in 9 hole events because that is not going to develop the goals of these young ladies, and all four of them are serious about their golf futures, as well as being good academic students also,” said Coach Bartemeyer. “They came to Oceanside Collegiate, like so many of our students, because they want to develop and grow into the sports they hope to play in college, and because of the strong academics we offer. You can have the best of both worlds at Oceanside Collegiate.”

The team is led by number one golfer sophomore Rachel Rich who is averaging 74 per 18 holes. She took Medalist honors at the Hurricane Invitational at Southern Oaks on September, 7th when the team placed second to Daniel.

On August 28th the Lady Landsharks won the Lady Rebel Invitational in Duncan S.C. with a team score of 310. There worse finish was third at the WSCGA High School Invitational when they placed behind defending AAAAA state champion Lexington and St. James who is favored to win the AAAA girl’s state title this year.

“Rachel’s strength is pretty much everything,” said Coach Bartemeyer. “Her iron play is very strong. She works hard to keep improving and she will be highly recruited when college coaches are allowed to talk to her next year.”

The number two golfer is junior Gaby Martinez who averages around 79 per 18 holes. “Gaby’s strong area right now is her short game and she chips really well,” said Coach Bartemeyer.

At number three is sophomore Kayla Bartemeyer who also averages around 79. “Her length off the tee is her strength and she drives a ball around 240 yards,” said Coach Bartemeyer.

At number four is Pinewood Prep transfer sophomore Lexi Lucarelli and she is the absolute key to her team winning a state title. “Last year we placed fourth at the state championships and our number four golfer averaged 116 on her two rounds and Lexi is averaging 83 but she can shoot in the high 70’s also,” said Coach Bartemeyer. “This is going to be a huge difference for us at the championships this year. We should improve at least 68 strokes over the two days we play.

“Last year we placed fourth with a team total of 707 and Bishop England won with a score of 645,” said Coach Bartemeyer. “Bishop England graduated their top two players and they are rebuilding their team this year. We anticipate our main competition to be with Bluffton who has their entire team back after placing second last year with a score of 687.

“Lexi’s strength is she is strong off the tee and she hits the ball as far as Kayla,” said Coach Bartemeyer. “We are glad her parents decided to move to Mount Pleasant because she is a very strong number four golfer for us.”

A high school golf team is allowed to enter five golfers in an event but only the four best scores count. This situation allows Oceanside Collegiate to field a team and compete for the AAA state championship.

“Our goal is certainly to get more girls involved in the program,” said Coach Bartemeyer. “We hope that our success this season will attract new members to the team.”

 

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