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Amanda Cox moves on to state after strong regional showing

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By John Overby

Last week, the WC Commanders boys’ and girls’ golf teams played in their respective regional tournaments.

And one golfer, senior Amanda Cox, finished fourth overall and was able to make it to the state tournament in Bowling Green, which will take place this Friday and Saturday.

“Amanda did really well,” Head Coach Bobby Bartholomai said. “She’s been out working on her game and has been talking to several colleges about playing golf at the next level, so this is a good next step for her. I think she’s going to do very well at state.”

Thursday will serve as a practice round for the senior, and Friday will be a qualifying round. If Cox is able to finish in the top 20, she will then move on to Saturday’s final round.

Cox’s sister, freshman Emily Cox, was also in contention to qualify for state during most of the event but lost out on the opportunity on the back nine. However, Bartholomai thinks that this experience will help her advance further in the future.

“She’s just getting one step closer for next year,” Bartholomai said. “You could already tell after the match that she was fired up to get started for next year.”

Emily and her younger sister Olivia will be the only two returning golfers from this year’s team after Amanda graduates in the spring.

The boys’ team was led by senior Thomas Pettus, who carded an 81, but the team nor any individual golfers scored high enough to make it to state.

“They struggled a little bit,” Bartholomai said. “It just wasn’t their day out there.”

The regional tournament proved to be the final event for WC on the season, and for Bartholomai, the season as a whole was a success, despite the results at their most recent match.

“I think the regular season was a really good experience for the team,” Bartholomai said. “We had a young team, and as we go into next season, I think the younger guys have learned a lot. They’ll know what to expect now.

The boys’ team will return three of their top golfers next season: Michael Wheatley, Evan Mattingly and Luke Mattingly.

And for the seniors—Pettus, Cox, Seth Robinson and J.P. Cecconi—Bartholomai knows that they have “bright futures” ahead of them.

“It’s been a nice time coaching all of them,” Bartholomai said. “They’re all good kids, all very smart. It’s been a joy to work with them.”