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Carpenter, Barbs ready for start of 2017 season

Carpenter, Barbs ready for start of 2017 season

By:  Lenny Eisele-Daily Chronicle 

DeKALB – After a summer of national women’s tournaments, junior Emma Carpenter is ready to get back to playing with the boys.

“Over the summer, I am playing in women’s tournaments, and the boys high school golf season is just a whole different game because of how much farther I play back,” Carpenter said. “Comparatively to other girls my own age, I can hit a pretty long ball, so I’m at an advantage. But during boys season, I’m at a disadvantage, or at least no advantage at all.”

Carpenter is the only girl on the DeKalb boys team, but competes against the girls in the postseason, where she had a top-10 finish last year at the Class 2A Girls State Tournament as a sophomore.
“I had the option to play as an individual in girls tournaments,” Carpenter said. “But I really wanted to be part of a team. It’s something I’d never done before.”
[Photos by Matthew Apgar – Daily Chronicle]

Carpenter is the only girl on the DeKalb boys team, but competes against the girls in the postseason, where she had a top-10 finish last year at the Class 2A Girls State Tournament as a sophomore.

“I had the option to play as an individual in girls tournaments,” Carpenter said. “But I really wanted to be part of a team. It’s something I’d never done before.”

 

Carpenter, who already has committed to play golf at the University of Minnesota, believes this team is ready to compete at a high level.

“I know for a fact that we are going to have a really great team this year,” Carpenter said. “We have seven or eight really solid players … so we know for sure that at least four guys, or girl, is going to post something really low.”

Coach John Cordes also recognizes the depth of the team compared with last year, despite losing senior Austin Freeman, who finished tied for 11th at the state tournament last year.

“We seem to be better top to bottom than we were last year. It’s basically the same team we had last year, but with one year more experience,” Cordes said. “We’ve got enough players and enough depth that if somebody has a bad day, then somebody else will make up for that. That is our expectation.”

 

With a deep team this year and last year’s conference champion Kaneland Knights graduating seven of their top eight players, the door is open for DeKalb to take a big step forward.

“We’re hoping that the experience from last year pushes us to higher heights this year,” Cordes said. “We had some really good results last year, so our approach is that we are competing every invite or dual meet that we go to with the expectation that we will be at or near the top.”

 

Carpenter is ready to take on the higher expectations this season.

“I’m always trying to win. I’m always trying to post the lowest score. If not, just always making sure I help my team,” Carpenter said.