The key to the 2020 season was growth for the Hillsboro girls golf team. It was a tough task considering the additional requirements and restrictions put on the season by the COVD-19 pandemic, but in the end, it was a goal that the Lady Hiltoppers fully realized.
The team went 4-15 on the season, but made great strides from their first match in Staunton to their final time on the links in October at the Taylorville Regional.
Despite missing three matches, junior Megan Jorn showed she can hang with the conference’s best as she was fifth at the SCC tournament this year. After finishing with a 53.8 scoring average, Jorn was named MVP by Coach Bob Allen and should lead a very solid group next year that returns all but one player.
That one loss is the team’s only senior, Anna Colwell, who had a tendency to come up big in big tournaments. Colwell was just three strokes away from giving Hillsboro another member on the all-conference team and helped the Toppers to a fourth place finish at Indian Springs. She also was solid at regionals, tying for 33rd and had the third best scoring average on the team with a 58.6.
Along with Jorn and Colwell, sophomore Alex Frailey was the other piece of the puzzle for Hillsboro that Coach Allen could usually count on. Frailey was second on the team in scoring average at 56.5 and tied with Colwell for 33rd at regionals. She greatly improved from her freshman year and has the athleticism to continue to do so next year as a junior.
Sophomore Aurelie Granito would put up similar numbers to last year, posting an average of 69.7 in 2020, but played better as the season went on and improved on her regional score by nine strokes.
While Jorn, Colwell, Frailey and Granito were somewhat known quantities for Allen, who coached the team from 2012 through 2016 before leaving to coach baseball at HHS, Gracie Brink, Sam Frailey, Peyton Colwell and Kennedy Dyer were all a little more of a mystery.
Brink, a sophomore, turned into a solid number four for the Toppers, averaging 61.5 strokes on the season with several rounds in the 50s later in the year.
As her sister did last year, Sam Frailey got a taste of varsity play this year, averaging a 65.5, but should improve on that number next year as a sophomore.
Both Colwell and Dyer played in one round each, shooting a 70 and a 73, and will have gotten some more practice time in by the time 2021 rolls around. They’ll be ready to contribute more next season.
With so much coming back, it’s easy to be optimistic about Hillsboro girls golf for next year, but the key is those returning players have to work to get better, because it doesn’t just magically happen.
“We made great strides throughout the season,” Coach Allen said. “I’m looking forward to next year.”