Tigers are hoping young roster will translate into success this year, and in future


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This year's Holy Trinity girls team has a lot of depth and no seniors, which not only bodes well for this season, but the future of the program.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

New Holy Trinity girls golf coach Ben Rotgers has two things going for him this season:

A deep roster and … no seniors.

“They’ve been working hard and having fun doing it,” said Rotgers, who was an assistant coach under Chuck Goldfarb for the previous three seasons.

This year’s team is led by junior Ellen Choi, who has been shooting in the low 40s thanks in part to an improved short game. Choi said she is hoping to get into the 30s by the end of the season.

“She’s always a leader,” Rotgers said of Choi. “She’s always encouraging. Very humble. We have a deep team. Everybody contributes.”

Freshman Emma Baumgartner is the No. 2 player for Holy Trinity this season. She is followed by junior Avery Kenny, sophomore Emily Rotgers, junior Nikki Katz and freshman Sydney Smith.

Other key players for the Tigers include Natalie Doig, Brooke Ramnath, Grace Rush, Mia Glover and Katie Leonard.

Holy Trinity certainly got off to a good start, winning five of its first six matches.

Choi said Rotgers has done a good job of helping his players get better while also balancing their heavy academic workloads.

“He has very exciting techniques for teaching the short and swings,” Choi said. “He doesn’t make our practice boring.”

While the Tigers are certainly hoping to get advance through the district and regional rounds of the postseason, they know that road will be tougher thanks to a new district realignment introduced this season by the FHSAA.

Holy Trinity is now in the same district with Orlando area teams like Circle Christian and Trinity Prep which will certainly provide a big challenge for the Tigers

“The district this year is the same as our region last year,” Choi said. “When we got to play them last year, we learned a lot from them. They’re definitely in the low-scoring area and they showed incredible play.

“Learning from that experience last year, we’re just going to focus on our game this year. We’re not trying to beat them to get to regionals. We’re going to try to play our best because we’re hoping that’s going to bring us some good results.”