Huskies take their best shot
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Huskies take their best shot

    Courtesy Hough High - Courtesy Hough High
    Hough High girls golf coach Julee Sovesky.
    Courtesy Hough High - Courtesy Hough High
    Hough High girls golfer Bailey Jones.
  • All-Lake Norman News girls golf team Bailey Jones, Hough, Sr. – MECKA 4A conference player of the year averaged a 39.83 on the season. Renee Janis, Hough, So. – Top Huskies player at regionals, finishing ninth, also shot 170 (87-83) at states, second in conference in scoring at 42, also All-MECKA 4A conference pick. Tessa Young, Hough, Sr. – All-MECKA 4A conference performer, averaged 42.33 per round, tied for 15th at regionals, shot 190 at states (99-91). Natalie Cleveland, Hough, Fr. – Another key piece to Huskies, sixth in scoring (45.66), shot 95 at regionals. Taylor Johnson, East Lincoln, Sr. – Mustangs’ standout finished 17th at states, 12th at regionals, fourth in Southern District 7 2A conference with 48.8 scoring average. Kaelyn Pack, Lake Norman Charter, – Big South 2A/3A conference runner-up also finished fourth at 1A-2A West regionals, shooting a 90. Reina Pozo, Hopewell, Sr. – All-MECKA 4A conference pick was sixth in scoring in the league (45.66). Alex Hull, North Mecklenburg, Jr. – All-MECKA 4A conference pick was ninth in league in scoring (47.66), shot 102 at 4A West Regionals.

Hough High’s girls golf team came into this season with big expectations.

The Huskies had their best season in the four-year history of the program, winning the first MECKA 4A conference title by 164 shots over second-place Jay M. Robinson, and finishing fourth at the regionals – just one spot out of contention for a team berth at the state championships.

“I think this season went as planned, and we accomplished a lot,” Hough girls’ golf coach Julee Sovesky said. “Our goal was to win conference, and we were able to do that. But we certainly feel like we can get better. We definitely want to make it to states as a team. That will continue to be one our goals.”

Lake Norman Charter had the best season of any other area team, finishing third in the Big South 2A/3A conference behind East Gaston and South Point.

East Lincoln also finished third in the Southern District 7 2A conference behind champion Highland Tech and Bessemer City.

Lake Norman News girls golf coach of the year: Julee Sovesky, Hough

Sovesky has played golf since she was 5 years old, evolving to a high school standout, to a great college player at Ohio University and to a PGA professional and teaching pro.

Sovesky, who is now the lead instructor and owner of the Golf Studio at NorthStone Country Club, has used that experience to build the Hough girls golf program from scratch.

This season, the Huskies won their first conference title, while sending senior Tessa Young and sophomore Renee Janis to the state tournament for the second year in a row.

Sovesky believes they could be even better next year with Janis, freshman Natalie Cleveland and junior Carli Hurd returning to lead the Huskies in 2014.

Lake Norman News girls golfer of the year: Bailey Jones, Hough

Jones is a goal-oriented person and player, according to Sovesky.

For most of the season, Jones accomplished her goals, averaging a MECKA 4A conference-best 39.83 strokes per nine holes to win the league title and conference player of the year honors.

Jones was clutch, winning the MECKA 4A title by shooting a season-best 38 in the final match at The Tradition to win it.

But after shooting a 96 at the 4A West Regional meet, Jones, a senior, failed to qualify for the state tournament.

While Jones was disappointed with the finish to her season, Sovesky says she was a great leader and role model to her teammates all year, and that will serve her well in the future.

Jones, who is also a standout student at Hough, will now turn her attention to her college decision.

Jay Edwards is a freelance writer for tLake Norman News. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at .

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