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Rawls knows final chapter will be good GHS reading

Rawls knows final chapter will be good GHS reading

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 12:02 pm

Rawls knows final chapter will be good GHS reading | Rawls knows final chapter will be good GHS reading

Haley Rawls
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Press Sports
MANCHESTER — The competitor in Haley Rawls was disappointed.
The realist in her knows better.
Rawls, the Greenfield High School senior making her second straight appearance in the Class A-AA State Golf Tournament Tuesday and Wednesday, finished in a tie for 22nd place in the two-day, 36-hole competition at the WillowBrook Golf Club.
The only golfer ever from GHS to make the state tourney, Rawls bettered her first-day 92 score by six shots with an 86 on Wednesday.
She also improved her finishing position by four spots over a year ago when she placed exactly in the middle of the pack in the 52-player field.
“I played a little better  today (Wednesday), but it wasn’t the finish I wanted or expected so I’m disappointed,” Rawls told The Press after her final round on the prep level.
“But I guess I’m excited because I’ll be able to tell people that I was the first person ever from Greenfield to make it to the state. I’m glad I got here, and I’ll always remember it.”
Rawls hit the ball well off the tee for the most part over both days, but struggled getting her approach and pitch shots close enough for realistic putting chances. She had her best nine holes on the front on Wednesday, shooting a 40 with a birdie after a bogey-bogey start.
“She was disappointed in her scores, but that’s just part of her being a competitor,” Greenfield coach David Dunlap said. “That’s why she accomplished as much as she did during her career.
“She hit the ball well off the tee, but her approach shots and the way she shaped her irons didn’t allow here to get close enough to make birdies and pars. She didn’t chip and putt well.”
Play lagged for all participants both days due to a backed-up course that caused each day’s round to last six hours or longer.
Rawls didn’t use that as an excuse for her play however.
“I’d liked to have played a little faster and I never felt like I got into a rhythm either day,” she said. “After I hit a shot, good or bad, I’m ready to hit another one.”
Rawls was in a comfort zone with one of her playing partners, though, Union City’s Mollie Stone, who likewise shot a 92-86 total to finished tied for 22nd place.
Having taken up the sport just four short years ago, Rawls has a desire to take her skills to the next level and said she’s talked to both Bethel University and Murray State about playing in college.
“I want to keep playing and I hope that opportunity is there for me somewhere,” she said. “And I’m going to keep playing whether it’s in college or not.”
Published in The WCP 9.29.11

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