For the first time since 2012, the Castle girls golf team is heading to state.
"It's really nice to be able to finish my senior season because I was really scared I wasn't going to get any season at all," said Castle Senior Ashlynn Weir. "It's great to be able to finish at state."
"It's an awesome feeling knowing that we're able to go to state after we've been working so hard all season," said Castle Sophomore Lydia Bauresfeld. "When Castle hasn't been able to do that in many years is great because we hope we can continue on and we've all worked so hard and it shows that our hard work pays off and all our hours are put to good use."
At the 2019 regional, the Knights missed out on state by one spot and Castle was determined to seal the deal this year.
"The biggest thing is it changed their mental game," said Castle Head Girls Golf Coach Casey Richison. "They realized that they can't let a hole be the thing that brings them down and so I think they really tried to work on that this past Saturday."
We were so close," said Bauresfeld. "We just really wanted to push hard and prove that we could play our a game this year and so, once we missed out we were all disappointed but we knew that the driving factor was still there and we're hoping for a better outcome this season."
The program has had one individual champion in 1982 and 1984, but never captured a team title, something this group would like to change.
"If we are able to finish towards the top, then it shows that Castle is here to stay for a while," said Bauresfeld. "It puts us on the rankings and people know more about us than the other schools."
"A big goal is at least to try to end in the top ten if not the top seven," said Richison. "If we could just push hard and keep all of our mental game so strong, I think it would be pretty possible and pretty exciting for us to get to that point of being in the top three."
"We've all improved a lot, we can all shoot 70's if we really try, so if we just have our a game, we can for sure be top 5," said Weir.