Troy Buchanan golf

Troy, Mo. - In over a decade leading the Troy Buchanan girls golf program, Coach Sarah Howell has never been more ready to start a season.

Howell said, despite having a much more experienced squad last season, 2020 didn’t end the way she wanted it to end because it seemed at times her players weren’t doing the outside work needed to succeed.

That isn’t the case so far for her team. Also Howell has never had the numbers she has on her roster. Twenty-one girls make up the 2021 version of the Trojans golf team, and Howell said they’re all ready to compete.

“This year is the first year we’ve had such a large group as we’ve had, and they’ve all been working hard,” said Howell, who is entering her 12th season as Troy Buchanan golf coach. “It looks like they’ve all had some practice elsewhere over the summer.

“Varsity is going to be quite competitive this year.”

Though 10 of the 21 golfers are freshmen and sophomores, Howell said her players all have great attitudes and are having fun at every practice at Woods Fort Golf Course.

“I have a lot of underclassmen with a lot of experience, and knowing they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing outside the course is exciting,” Howell said. “(Golf) is not a sport you can learn in two hours a day, and these girls are already learning that.”