Tigers make best of short season … by having fun


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Avery Kenney is one of three seniors on this year's Holy Trinity golf team, which is scheduled to play its district tournament Monday at Cocoa Beach Country Club. Kenney said, "I've loved being on this team."

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

It’s been a short season.

But it’s been a successful one, too.

And perhaps most importantly for the members of the Holy Trinity girls golf team … it’s been a joy to be part of the Tigers.

“We have a very deep team,” Holy Trinity coach Ben Rotgers said. “All of them are great girls. They’re all willing to get out there and work. They’re always happy and they’re always having fun.”

Holy Trinity, which won the first eight of its nine matches during the regular season, is set to play in the Class 1A, District 7 tournament Monday morning at the Cocoa Beach Country Club.

The district, which includes First Academy (last year’s state runner-up), is loaded.

But whether the Tigers qualify to move on to the regionals, or have their season end at districts, it’s been a season to remember despite the fact that it was so short because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Holy Trinity was originally slated to play 16 matches during the regular season, but wound up playing only nine in less than a month.

“Our season was cut really short, which means we have less matches in a shorter amount of time,” senior Avery Kenney said. “My coach tried to schedule as many matches as he could. I’m really grateful for him doing that.

“I think we tried to make the most out of this season, which is probably what counts. We have three seniors (Kenney, Ellen Choi and Nikki Katz) this year, so we’re trying to make the most out of it for everyone.”

Sophomore Emma Baumgartner has been playing No. 1 this season for the Tigers with Choi and eighth grader Natalie Doig playing behind her.

Kenney has been the Tigers’ No. 4 player with junior Emily Rotgers at No. 5 and sophomore Grace Rush at No. 6.

“I’ve loved being on the team, supporting every girl that we have, and just having fun along the way,” Kenney said. “That’s what really counts.

“I can always count on those girls to make me laugh. No matter how down I am, those girls will bring me up.”