The Grand Island Senior High Islanders Girls golf team took the A-2 District title by 19 strokes this week, but they weren't satisfied with their performance,
"A lot of us didn't play as well as we wanted to. I didn't play well at all really, for me," said Junior Tori Peers, "but I've been coming out and working on what I've needed to work on and I'm pretty confident going to State now."
Coach Kelli Jeffries said, "I thought the kids played pretty well on the first nine, but struggled a little bit on the second nine. But, we know at State, we're going to have to put both sides together."
The Islanders are aware what pressure a State Tournament can bring, so they are focusing on two aspects of their game in practice.
Junior Abbie Otto said, "We're mostly working on our short game because that's what it comes down to: chipping and putting."
Peers said, "It's all going to be a lot of mental, so we're working on mental games like having competitions and stuff during practice."
One thing boosting Grand Island's confidence for State is the course itself, one they say is tough, but somewhat familiar.
"Norfolk is a really tight course, so you have to hit it straight, but you have to be good with chipping and putting," said Otto. "We're lucky because we practice here at Riverside and Norfolk is just like Riverside, it's just a little bit more narrow and longer."
Jeffries says the keys to playing well at State are to be patient and have a short memory, "You kind of have to stay in the moment. It's going to be a long two days. Take things a little bit at a time. Realize there's going to be good shots and bad shots, but what you really want to do is keep grinding away. Keep playing as solid as you can and the scores will reflect how you play."