Thomson High School has an undefeated team heading into the region playoffs. But it's not a team people are accustomed to hearing much about.
The girls' golf team went 6-0 this year, minus several rainouts. With that record, Coach John Barnett's team will look to have its top three players vying for a region championship in Waynesboro today.
Jessica Pasquale chips during practice last week.
But it's part of a larger theme of building a tradition in the sport at THS. Last year's team only lost one regular season match and came in second at the region playoffs.
"We had a good team last year, and we just kind of continued working at it and trying to get better," Coach Barnett said. "The thing about golf and a lot of your other spring sports, it just comes down to one day and how you perform."
The team members are delighted with the way they have performed throughout the season, and where that level of performance has put them.
"Being part of the main ones to play, it's exciting knowing that we have a chance and we've gone undefeated," said Jessica Pasquale who has played golf four years at THS.
"It's nice. It's my first time, so it's kind of exciting," said sophomore Ashley Crawley, who played last year but did not participate in region competition.
In the region match against seven other teams, Thomson's top three -- Stacey Cason, Jessica and Ashley -- will play one round each, and the best two scores will count. If they are able to pull out the region championship, they will participate in the state match scheduled for May 9.
Aside from the three rainouts, the boys' golf team went 4-3 this season. Their region tournament is scheduled for Friday. According to Coach Chris Hodges, the team's leader and most consistent player has been sophomore Thomas Reddick.
With Belle Meade going through renovations this year, the coaches were thankful that Thomson Country Club allowed both teams to practice on the course.