Confidence may be an understatement when it comes to Lima Central Catholic’s attitude as they prepare for the Division II state golf tournament.
“We expect to win,” LCC head coach Dan Reinicke said. “Can I say it any other way. That is our expectation and hopefully our performance will be good as our expectations.”
The Thunderbirds will play at the Ohio State University Gray Course at 9 a.m. Friday.
One of the reasons for Reinicke’s optimism stems from the Thunderbirds highly successful regular season and standout postseason where LCC won the sectional title and captured second at districts with a 331 behind Shelby’s 325.
“We feel real good,” Reinicke said. “We lost to the same team we beat at districts last year and they were second and we were third at state last year. We plan on returning the favor to them this year. We are playing well. We had our lowest score we’ve ever had a districts so we are doing real well.”
Reinicke added that he thought the team did not put its best numbers and the score could have been lower at districts and he is hoping that occurs this week at state.
Returning to state is what was expected of this team. Four of the five starters from last year’s state qualified were back on the team led by sophomore Mary Kelly Mulcahy, who earned all-state honors with a fifth-place last year, and her sisters Erin and Meghan and senior Hannah Garver. Joining this year’s squad was freshman Emma Mayers.
The team came into the season with high expectations and were looking to return to state and right from the beginning of the year the team began to rack up wins after working hard during the offseason.
“They practice well and they listen,” Reinicke said. “When we are on the course we talk about the tough holes and what they need to do and they learn how to play the holes. We try and practice the shots they are going to make and spend a lot of time chipping and putting.”
Lima Central Catholic posted a 115-5 record during the regular season and Reinicke had the team play a variety of tournaments throughout the state to prepare the team for some of the better competition in the state.
Most of the competition the T-Birds faced in those statewide tournaments will be at state.
One advantage is that four of the five golfers on the team return to Columbus and know what to expect this year in terms of crowds, competition and the pressure.
“We really, sorta of didn’t talk about it until after district,” Reinicke said. “We alluded to things like that and said you have to take it one step at a time. If you don’t get out of sectionals you don’t get to districts and if you don’t get out of districts you don’t go to state so we can of alluded to it all year that it was our plan and we need we had work to do to get there.”
With a state title dream dancing in their heads, Reinicke said the plan is simple at state if they are going to realize winning the crown.
“We just going to have to play our game,” Reinicke said. “We need to play good solid golf. Our NO. 1 and2 golfers (Mary Kelly Mulcahy and Erin Mulcahy) are really solid players and Meghan our third is a solid golfer. Our four and five (Garver and Mayers) and have been switching back and forth and they are solid. All we have to do is keep to our game plan and don’t worry about anyone else and do what we can do and we will go from there.”