Hodge’s double duty

WHHS coach has taken over young FCHS team this season

By Linda Younkin Published:

Golf season has gotten busier for Lesa Hodge.

The Western Hills and Franklin County girls golf teams played their first home match of the season Wednesday at Juniper Hill and Hodge, the head coach at WHHS since 2006, is coaching both teams this season.

“It’s a learning process for everybody,” Hodge said.

Western Hills, with five seniors on its team, won Wednesday’s tri-match with FCHS and Owen County by shooting a team score of 175.

WHHS senior Megan Kinney was medalist with a round of 39, and teammates Anna Hawkins and Peyton Silva both shot 42.

The Lady Flyers were led by senior Hannah Robertson with a 49, and Taylor Cammack shot 54.

Hodge took over coaching both teams just before the season started. FCHS coach Drex Davis resigned after last season. David Cammack was hired to replace Davis but received an offer to be an assistant baseball coach at Spalding University.

“It was too good an opportunity to pass up,” Hodge said.

“I had sent a message to Mrs. Spickard (FCHS athletic director Tracy Spickard) at the end of the school year saying if she needed any help let me know,” Hodge said.

“The Monday or Tuesday before the season started she asked me if I was still interested in possibly helping out, and here we are.”

The Lady Wolverines have 11 players out this year, led by their seniors – Kinney, Hawkins, Silva, Hanna Raymer and Ashley Stevens. The team also has four middle-school players, and eight players have returned from last season.

“Western Hills played in three tournaments last week and had a match against Shelby County,” Hodge said. “We didn’t win, but we didn’t finish last. We’re off to a better start than last year, and that was without Megan who was out with a shoulder injury.”

FCHS has six players on its roster – three returning and three new players.

That puts 17 golfers under Hodge’s tutelage.

“It’s working surprisingly well,” she said. “One team practices from 3:30 to 4:30 and the other from 4:30 to 5:30. I’m kind of over everybody. There will be an assistant coach with Franklin County at tournaments, and I’ll take care of Western Hills at tournaments.

“We’re making it work out so far.”

Both teams have a match Friday against Madison Southern at Gibson Bay.

WHHS’ other scores Wednesday were Raymer, 52; Ashley Stevens, 53; Sidney Cardwell, 54; Allison Harrod, 59; and Emily Stevens, 62.

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