Kimberly Case is beginning her fifth year at the helm of the South Pointe girls’ golf program, and she is hoping the Stallions will continue the improvement they have shown over the past three years.
South Pointe has won the Region 3-AAAA title the past three seasons. Three years ago the team was 12th overall in the state. The past two years, the Stallions have improved to fourth in the state tournament.
Senior Chandler Case, coach Case’s daughter, is playing in the No. 1 spot for South Pointe this fall. This year will be her sixth on the team.
Jaelyn Tindal, a junior in her fifth season on the team, is playing in the No. 2 position. Whitney Carter, a sophomore in her fourth season, and Jodee Tindal, a freshman in her third season, are battling for the third and fourth spots.
“We are still a relatively young team by age,” said Kimberly Case, “however, we have lots of experience to rely on this year.”
Ivy Yonce, Annalisa Hosea, Ashlynn Mullis, Anna Oliver and Maddie Taylor are the other members.
“Those five players have already made us a better team,” said Case. “They come to practice every day, and they push the other players to get better by their performances on the course.”
Case, chairman of the WSCGA Junior Golf Foundation, encourages her players to play golf year round.
“That is one of the reasons we have improved in the last few years,” said Case. “When I started coaching this team, we had only one player who was playing golf all year.
“Now nearly all of our players are playing, and you can see the difference.”
Case knows golf is a psychological game, and she approaches each of the nine players on her roster differently.
“You have got to know what makes them work,” said Case. “You have to work with each of them differently, because they know what they can do, and you have to help them do it to the best of their ability.”
Case tries to set goals for each player in addition to team goals based on what she thinks her players and team are capable of doing.
“I stress that I want each of them to be competitive,” Case said. “I am also realistic about what they can do. I push them at practice and try to help them improve their games as much as I can.”
Another reason for South Pointe’s success in the last few years has been having a place to play on a regular basis.
“I cannot tell you how much having Pinetuck Golf Club as a home course and practice facility has helped us improve our program,” said Case. “Lewis Murray and George Dunalp allow us to practice here every day, and that is wonderful.”
South Pointe has high expectations for the coming season, and the Stallions got things started on a strong note in their first match of the season.
The Stallions broke the school scoring record of 153, set two years ago, by nine strokes. Chandler Case led the way with a 1-under 35, Jaelyn Tindal and Carter each shot par and Jodee Tindal turned in a 1-over 37.
“This entire team works hard every day when they come to practice,” said Kimberly Case. “They have improved from a year ago, and that is already obvious. That opening round by all of them was good, because it showed them that they can do it.”
Case said she wants her team to continue the improvement they have shown over the past three seasons, but she also wants them to be good ambassadors for the game.
“We want to win and improve,” she said, “however, we always want each of them to be a class act on the golf course.”