Inside Comments: Steve Turcotte

The ups and downs when you coach a girls golf team

It’s a wrap on Season 3 of the Highline women’s golf program. With matches in the fall and then more in the spring Season 3 was much like a Clint Eastwood movie, there was some good, some bad and some ugly.

But through it all, it was another season of ladies practicing hard, playing even harder and giving their commitment to getting the team and themselves better.

This year’s team finished up with the NWAC Conference Championships at Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima. We didn’t win. Didn’t even contend. But that didn’t matter to the ladies of the Highline team: Jenna Muller, Alyssa Metzger, Aleyah Bennett and Aimee Chomngarm. When they stepped to the first tee each day, they knew they were always going to try their best.

The spring season was a roller coaster. It started with a tournament in the wind and cold at Canyon Lakes in the Tri Cities and finished in the warm and sunshine and clouds of cotton at Apple Tree. And through it all there were growing pains for the young program and glimpses of what might happen down the road.

With a shortened team of four players, we didn’t contend much. But that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the ladies. At the tournament at Avalon in Burlington, we started to turn a corner in terms of scoring. A couple of weeks later at Bandon Dunes in another tournament, we had the lowest team score in the three-year history of the school – for the tournament and for one round.

The second round at Bandon Dunes – on the Old Macdonald course – the ladies played their best golf of the season. In fact, Alyssa shot her bets score of the season with an 85 and texted me after the round when she finished saying “just shot my best score. So excited.” And she added a bunch of exclamation marks.

It’s stories like that make it worthwhile for me as a coach and for the ladies as players. Now we work all summer and see what is in store for Highline in Season 4. Hopefully lower scores and some tournament where we are contending for the championship.

Steve Turcotte is coach of the Highline women’s golf team and editor of Inside Golf Newspaper. He can be reached at sdturcotte @comcast.net.