Fighting Zebras’ girls prepare to tee off on new season

Coach encourages others to try out
By: Joshua Gutierrez/News Messenger Correspondent
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As summer comes to a close and fall sports begin, coaches’ whistles and instructions can be heard as young athletes set in motion memories that will last a lifetime. Before competition, the process of refining talent and preparing strategy starts on fields, courts, and courses. For girls golf head coach Tim Allen, it began last week on the putting green behind Turkey Creek Golf Club’s pro shop. Allen is in his fourth year as coach of the Lincoln High School girls golf team. “We finished second in the last two seasons,” said Allen as to expectations for the coming year. “We have a record to live up to.” The Fighting Zebras return three players this season. Sophomore Caitlyn McKinney was all-league last year and rejoins Abbie Faingold and Sydney Wilkerson on the squad. The rest will have to come from the next generation of golfers. Coach Allen urged interested athletes to sign up as there are spots still open. McKinney was hoping for a better turnout this season as only she and Faingold are left from last year’s starting six. “We’re down quite a few girls,” said McKinney. “I’m not sure what might happen this year.” Faingold and McKinney figure to be a big part of Allen’s plan to keep the Zebras in contention this year. “Hopefully Abby and Caitlyn have really good individual years,” said the coach. “… in order to compete for a league title.” Wilkerson said she hopes to improve her game and give the Zebras extra punch. “My hope is to get better with my overall game,” said Wilkerson. “And maybe I can get a scholarship next year.” The 2012 team will depend a lot on McKinney, Faingold, and Wilkerson picking up where they left off last year. But more importantly, the new generation will need to leave their mark with every stroke, chip and putt. Joshua Gutierrez is a local writer and graduate of Lincoln High School