by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield High School girls golf team is embarking on a new season with a new coach.
Carolyn Reitz, who has coached several high school golf teams in the area, is taking over the program for 2013. Rick Riggleman, also the assistant athletic director at Wakefield High School, resigned after coaching the team for six years.
“I’m excited and ready for it,” Reitz said.
Reitz, no stranger to high school golf, also serves as the Cap 8 golf director, overseeing both the girls and boys tournaments.
“I’m at the matches anyway, so I said, ‘why not, let’s do it,’” Reitz said, when she was approached by Wakefield athletic director Dexter Cooley.
“He asked me if I could help him find a golf coach and I said let me check my schedule,” she said.
Reitz said she is hoping all the Cap 8 girls do well this season but her main focus will be the Wakefield girls.
Reitz’s husband, Ronnie is the girl’s golf coach at Heritage High School.
The Wolverines have a strong winning tradition in girl’s golf, having won four of the last six conference championships.
Reitz expects her girls program to continue on the upswing and improvement is essential for 2013.
Last season the Wolverines finished fourth in the league and with their returning golfers and some new talent, they hope they can improve dramatically and be a top three team.
“The young golfers today are pretty seasonal players,” Reitz said, “and they are more knowledgeable about the game, which helps with their high school golf.”
“I think my girls can finish in the top three in the conference,” she added. “I have six good players, who are capable of surprising some people.”
Senior Cara O’Malley, an All-Conference player is back. She finished in the top 10 in the conference last season and will be one of the Wolverines top scorers.
Also returning is Casey Burroughs, a sophomore. The all-conference player was one of the best eight players in the Cap 8 last season.
Johanna Adamo, a senior, played her junior year and Reitz said her game has improved.
“She’s done an about face with her swing,” Reitz said. “She will surprise people and she’ll move up in the rankings too.”
Also back this season is sophomore Shreeya Singh.
Two new players include sophomore Jaclyn Henshaw and Rachel Hulicki, a freshman.
Reitz said one of the keys to this season is course management.
“I want the girls to know where exactly to put their first shot,” she said. “And, they need to play the game the best way they know how to play.”
“You play to your strengths and play to your game,” Reitz added.