Holy Trinity girls golf program built for success
Grace Dance is one of two juniors on this year's Holy Trinity golf team. She and Soy Choi lead a group of younger teammates that is not only playing well now, but could be even better next season.
Viera Voice Carl Kotala
With four steady players at the top, and no seniors on the roster, the future is definitely bright for the Holy Trinity girls golf team.
Of course, the present is looking pretty dang good, too.
“I’ve been on the team for three years now and personally I feel like we’ve grown so much as a team,” junior Soy Choi said. “Coach (Chuck Goldfarb) is saying we have a chance to win districts this year, so I’m excited for that.”
Junior Grace Dance, Soy Choi, freshman Ellen Choi and seventh grader Emma Baumgartner have given the Tigers the kind of steady play that has led them to a 6-1 early-season record.
“We’ve had a really good start, which I think gives us that really big confidence boost,” Dance said. “We all get along really well. I think that’s a big factor also.”
Other key players on this year’s team include eighth grader Emily Rotgers and freshmen Nikki Katz and Avery Kenney.
“All seven girls are very coachable, and very nice girls,” Goldfarb said. “We just have a lot of fun with them. … They’re pretty much a coach’s dream, every one of them.
“And I’ve got a great assistant in Ben Rotgers. He’s my swing coach.”
Ben Rotgers is also a teaching pro at the U.S. 1 Golf Center in Rockledge.
Additionally, the team just got some help from the Holy Trinity sports boosters, who bought GPS devices the players can use to judge distances while on the course.
While Soy Choi said her drives have gotten much better and more consistent since last season, Dance said her all-around game has seen a lot of improvement.
“I know my short game’s a lot better,” Dance said. “I think overall, I’ve just improved. I’ve improved mentally, staying strong throughout the game. I think physically, my game’s a lot better -- more consistent shots, lower scores.”
While the Tigers should make a return trip to the regionals this season, they could really be a team to watch next year when Dance and Soy Choi are seniors and the rest of the team will have another year of experience.
“That’s what’s good about the potential (of this team),” Goldfarb said.
“We’re pretty good this year. Hopefully, we can go to the regionals this year.
“Next year, if we work at it like we did this past year during the summer, we’ll be pretty good.”