by Mark Cheffey
The PHS girls golf team returns two players from the school’s first state qualifying team.
Back for another run at the state tournament are juniors, Mallory Comstock and Madeline Jawad.
Coach Chris Parsons said Comstock has a “very high ceiling and Jawad is “a hard worker and seems to be ready to take off.”
Parsons also has a couple of sophomores who saw some varsity time last season in Mallory Sublette and Ella Goldinger.
And, while he has no seniors, Parsons has two more sophomores, Kylie Begley and Kaylee Warning, along with four freshmen, Taytum Parsons, Ava Weiman, Haylie Begley and Alyssa Meyers with whom to fill out a squad.
“Although graduating three great four-year golfers in Reigan Parsons, Olivia Sublette and Sam Hirner, I still feel like we have the chance to be competitive every match,” Parsons said.
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted a lot of off-season preparation in sports, but Parsons said it had a minimal affect on golf.
“It’s the one place that was still open daily to play, so if they chose to play they had a chance,” Parsons said.
Palmyra will be facing the same opponents this season outside of the loss of matches against Illinois teams.
Palmyra opens the season this Friday at Columbia Hickman and will not play their first home match until Sept. 8 when hosting Fulton at the Jackson Park Course.