The South Pointe Stallions will compete in the Class 3A Upper State girls’ golf tournament Monday at the Village Greens Golf Club in Spartanburg County with hopes of continuing what has already been an outstanding season.
The Stallions are unbeaten this season.. South Pointe has won dual matches, tri-matches, and multi-team tournaments.
“This team has worked hard all year,” said South Pointe coach Kim Case. “They worked hard in the offseason by playing in tournaments, and the work ethic this fall has been great.”
The Stallions are led by senior Jaelyn Tindal, who is in her sixth season on the team and is averaging 72 strokes per 18 holes this fall. Junior Whitney Carter also has had a tremendous year. She is playing on the varsity for the fifth seasonand averaging 72.5 strokes per 18 holes.
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Sophomore Jodee Tindal is playing in her fourth season for South Pointe, while senior Ashlynn Mullis is in her second year on the team. Sophomore Ivy Younce is in her fourth year on the team.
Last year, the Stallions played in Class 4A, winning the region and doing well in the state tournament. They dropped to Class 3A this year, but they still played a schedule against mostly Class 4A teams.
“I attribute their play this fall to age and maturity,” said Case. “The players are a year older, but they have grown a lot in their ability to both approach and play the game better.”
The Stallions won the Pink Invitational Tournament recently. Among the teams in that event was Lexington, last year’s Class 4A state champion and still a strong team.
Case said that was a big confidence builder for her team.
“That was huge for us, because Lexington is still one of the best teams in the state,” said Case. “We had been getting better as the season went along, and beating them gave our confidence a big boost.”
Golf is as much mental as physical, and Case thinks that her team has matured in that aspect as well.
“We have approached the game differently,” said Case. “I could already see that as the year went along, but beating Lexington gave our mental confidence a big lift, because these girls know they can play with the best.”
Class 3A also has many quality teams, and Case knows that her team will have to play well to be one of the eight teams that survive and move to the State Tournament next week at Black Bear Golf Club in Longs.
“Pickens won the Class 3A state title last year, and Daniel is also a good team,” said Case. “We have played a strong schedule, and I am hoping that it will pay dividends for us.”
The Stallions have only seven girls on the roster, and two of those are seniors. The older players have helped the younger players, and that could help down the road.
“We have to go out a get players from within our student body each year,” said Case. “The fact that we have had several outstanding seasons in a row helps that process. However, the real key has been how the older players help the younger players each year so they are ready to step in and play well when they move up to replace a graduated senior.”
Case has a motto that she likes to employ, and she has used it every year since taking over the South Pointe program.
“I call it healthy and happy,” said Case. “If the players can stay healthy and happy then everything pretty much takes care of itself.”
Case is confident in her team’s ability based on improvement this year and the work ethic.
“We have chance to win it all,” Case. “However, we have to play at the top of our game for that to happen.”