Flivver girls golf

KINGSFORD – Kingsford High School girls golf team presently shows five players on the roster.

But there’s room for more.

“We are still trying to recruit more,” said first-year coach Jean Constantini. “The main reason why I am taking on this challenge is for the love of the game and teaching the girls to enjoy the game of golf from now and for the rest of their lives.

“If any Kingsford High School girl would like to come out and learn how to play golf, we are still accepting players.”

Constantini, thrilled to be the Flivver coach, is working with seniors Taylor Jacobsen, Katie Oberthaler and Courtney Filizetti; sophomore, Hailey Bourgeois and freshman Kaylee Guth.

The Flivvers began practice indoors late last month hitting into nets.

“We are working on the basic golf swing and use an iPad app to film the girl’s swing and compare with a pro’s golf swing,” Constantini said. “This helps them to visualize what a great golf swing looks like so they can try to mimic it. It’s good for the girls to watch each others’ swing, too, so they can see how well they can strike the ball.”

Kingsford has all levels of golfers this year. Jacobson, who led the Flivvers in last year’s U.P. Division 1 tourney, has played on the team since her sophomore year.

“Taylor had some great rounds last year and that is her goal to beat this year,” Constantini said.

Oberthaler is also in her third year with the Flivvers.

“Katie is a driven person who strives for perfection and that shows in her golf practice,” Constantini said. “Katie also hopes to shoot her personal best low score this season.

“Hailey has a smooth swing and I think she is going to surprise even herself how well she drives the ball. She does not have a lot of experience on big courses like Pine Grove and Timberstone, but she is anxious to get outside and give it a try.”

Constantini said “our more novice golfers, Courtney and Kaylee, have gone from never-ever playing golf to making good contact with the ball into the net.

“Before we get outside I am hoping to have some more time putting inside and going over the rules of the game.”