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Pictured from left are Sam Barrett, Erin Campbell, Jordan Carpenter, Allie StahlFHS women’s golf team prepares for season

Franklin High School's women's golf team is teeing up and getting ready to begin the season Monday when they travel to Cherokee for their first match.

With one returning player, this will likely be a year full of lessons for the majority of the team who only began to play recently. If they are anything like Erin Campbell, the sole returning player, then they will learn quickly and hone their skills to help the team do well this season.

Campbell played golf for the first time as a freshman just three years ago and during that short time, has done well enough to make it to the state competition.

Erin Campbell practices her putting skills. Campbell is the team’s only returning player. Photos by Travis Tallent“Last year, three of us qualified for state,” said Campbell. “I'm hoping for another good season.”

Her other three teammates, Sam Barrett, Allie Stahl, and Jordan Carpenter are completely new to the game, meaning they have hardly played until practice began for the school's team.

“I think it is going to be an interesting season,” said Barrett.

“I'm just kind of nervous,” said Stahl. “I don't think it would be as bad if our first match wasn't on the first day of school.”

“We have some good coaches this year that has helped me out a lot,” said Carpenter. “It looks like we have a good group of girls.”

The girls participate in about two matches each week. Sometimes they play multiple schools. After going to Cherokee's home course, Sequoyah National, they will travel to Etowah to play a match involving all of the conference teams and the following Tuesday, Sept. 3, they go to Forest City to take on all WNC teams.

“I think of all of the teams, the hardest one is probably West Henderson,” said Campbell. “Every year that I've played, they've won the conference.”

There are still spots on the team for any students who may be interested in playing and Coach Keith Pennix is keeping his eye out for potential players.

“We're still looking for anybody who may want to play,” he said.

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