By Alan Brads, Sports Editor
The Knights golf team jumped to a decent start at 3-2. On August 13th, they defeated the Mechanicsburg Indians by 5 strokes at WGC in Xenia. Seniors Payton Burdette and Liz Miller led the way for the Knights, placing second and third in the match respectively. Both played well in the first conference tournament and are currently positioned to finish on all-conference teams in the MBC. As a whole, the team excelled in the conference tournament, finishing second out of five teams, trailing only Middletown Christian. The Knights also took down the Lions of Emmanuel Christian by a significant margin on August 31st.
Not only is the golf team competing well, but they are also having a great time doing it. Junior Max Glover said, “It’s great to play with a group of teammates who are so supportive of each other and just enjoy playing the sport.” Mr. Thigpen echoed his sentiment saying, “The spiritual atmosphere of the team is great. This year is fun.” In high school athletics, it is rare to see a team that is both incredibly committed to achieving a high performance and forming great relationships with each other.
Although they are led by two seniors, the team has a significant number of talented juniors and sophomores as well, meaning the future could be just as bright as the present. Caleb Black (Jr.), Hayden Ward (So.), Kaden Johnson (Jr.), Mathias Ewing (Jr.), and Thomas Park (So.), are all listed as top 20 in average score in the conference.
Senior Liz Miller has a unique place on the team as the only female competitor. Coached by Xenia Christian alumnus Maddie Sullivan, she has greatly improved each year of high school. She plays with the men’s team, forming a coed team for both conference and non-conference competitions. This does not hold her back from dominating the competition; she placed 8th in the conference and is 7th in average score meaning she is beating out over 85% of her male competition. She plans to continue her athletic career and has committed to Olivet Nazarene University on a golf scholarship.