Wade Greenlee has been involved with the Carson High golf program off and on for several years as an assistant coach.
Greenlee has now swapped roles with former head coach Rod Butler, and he’s going to run both the boys and girls programs this year. He will have has work cut out for him on the girls side,
The Senators, who start their Sierra League season Aug. 31 at Eagle Valley-East at 11 a.m., return just three players — Camryn Aten, Angelika Morrison and Elise McLaren — from last year’s squad. It’s a seven-player squad with no seniors, which bodes well for the future. In each girls tornament, six players play and the four lowest scores count.
Carson’s best player this year could very well be freshman Jill Beglin, who’s active on the Northern Nevada Junior Golf Association circuit. She will replace Taylor Krupp, Carson’s top player a year ago.
“She has a private coach, and we try to work with her on things at practice that her coach wants her to work on,” Greenlee said. “She has a younger sister who is in seventh grade who is really good, too. I think she can shoot 85 or better at Eagle Valley. I think she can be an 80s player. I think she will become one of the top players in northern Nevada as she gets older.”
Aten will give her a run for her money for the top spot on the team. During a recent four-hole stretch, Aten stayed right with Beglin.
“She is capable of being right there with Jill,” Greenlee said. “She has made improvement from last year, and we need her to be in the high 80s.”
Morrison started last year shooting in the 130s for 18 holes, and she improved by more than 20 strokes by the end of the season.
“Her swing is good,” Greenlee said. “Hopefully we can get her in the low 90s this year.”
McLaren shot between 120 and 130 last year. Obviously her score needs to come down if the Senators are going to finish in the top four in the Sierra League.
Rounding out the squad are Kacey Lopes, Jessika Montes and Aly Perry.