Panthers maintain high expectations despite graduating standouts

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The Colleyville Heritage golf program lost a number of players to graduation this past year, but coach Terie Campbell said her boys and girls teams are showing some promising signs early on and said she is confident that Colleyville Heritage will make some noise in district competition.

The girls open the season this weekend at Lake Park, while the boys head to El Paso to play at Butterfield Trail, and Campbell said she has a couple of different objectives for her teams.

“The girls should finish top three,” Campbell said. “For the guys, it is mostly El Paso and West Texas Schools, so we feel like we can place top three there also.”

Campbell said that in spite of a lack of experience, she anticipates both of her teams being competitive this season.

“We've got a young boys team,” Campbell said. “I've got two seniors, two juniors and a sophomore that qualified for the first tournament, and I have 11 kids that are fighting for the five spots. Chandler [Autrey] is my returning letterman, and was a top five player all last season, so he is my top returning player on the boys side and he's my captain.

“On the girls side, they are going to be a surprise. I think they are going to shock some people. Emily White came on and shot well at the regional tournament last year, and Su Son is a four-year letter-person, and then I have two other girls that shot in the 70s in tournaments this summer.”

Campbell said she is also expecting a strong season from Tai Barber on the girls side this year.

The coach said the programs should improve as the players begin to gel over the course of the season.

“Most of the guys, we are looking to finish top three in as many tournaments a possible,” Campbell said. “We want to get some unity and get a feel for what everybody can do and contribute to the team. On the girls side, we are looking for our seventh district title in a row. The girls were fourth in regionals, so we were one place away from going to state, and all the girls that we have really stepped it up.”

In order to have a strong season and achieve the goals the teams have set for themselves, Campbell said she believes it will take a couple of different things.

“We talked among the girls about our goals the other night, and I told them that this is the very first time that I haven't had a stud player,” Campbell said. “We have had one for nearly the last 10 years, and I told them that I felt like every one of them would take a turn at dropping their score or being the lead player. I told them that's a good thing, because that does not put so much pressure on one player.

“On the guys side, I don't really know just yet. I lost 13 players, so I know that Chandler will have to play well, and the other guys are going to have to step up.”

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