The faces may have changed, but the expectations have not.

If the Greensburg Lady Pirate golf team hopes to live up to the season it had a year ago, it’s going to have to do it with some new faces.

The talented trio of Ashley Solgere, Lauren Reynolds and Chelsea Scheidler from last year’s squad have moved on. The 2006 Lady Pirate team was undefeated in nine-hole meets, was crowned EIAC and sectional champs, was a regional runner-up and placed 10th at the state meet.

But their replacements are no strangers to the links.

Junior Megan Gindling is expected to step in as the team’s No. 1 and take an active role in leadership. Sophomore Briana Scheilder, Chelsea’s young sister, is also expected to have a big year and battle Gindling for that No. 1 spot.

Getting to play under a talented group of seniors last season has prepared Gindling for a leadership role, she said.

“I’m ready for it,” Gindling said. “The seniors helped me with it last year and hopefully it will have an effect on me and I’ll be able to help them (her teammates).”

In addition, junior Kyra Domingo and sophomore Hillary Miller will step into everyday playing roles as members of the varsity squad.

It will take the efforts of the entire team to step in and match the productivity of last year’s team, Domingo said.

“I think we’re all going to have to step up a lot more,” Domingo said. “They (the seniors) won’t be replaced. But we’ll have to step up so that their shoes can be filled and we’ll all do a lot better.”

Newcomers Alli Giddings, Kasey Kilgore and Stephanie Wenning will compete for the fifth spot on the varsity team, starting the season in a rotation.

Coach Phyllis Hamilton is entering her fifth season at the helm of the Lady Pirates. But even with this being a “rebuilding year” for the team, she still expects them to be competitive all season.

“I think realistically we can repeat as EIAC Champs,” Hamilton said. “We’d also like to repeat as sectional champs. I think by that point in the season we’ll be able to do that. I still think in the area we’re probably going to have the strongest team. We’ll just see what happens when we get out there and start playing in some tournaments.”

One thing the team won’t have to do is develop chemistry, as many of the girls indicated how close-knit the team already is.

“I like playing golf here because I really like the girls on the team,” Miller said. “We’re all good friends and we all get along. We always help each other out and help each other at practice and just do what we have to do to be a better team.”

Batesville may prove to be Greensburg’s toughest competition in the EIAC as well as the sectional. But one thing other team’s shouldn’t do is count out the Lady Pirates, Hamilton said.

“I’m looking forward to the season,” Hamilton said. “I think we’re going to surprise some people. Yes, we lost three very key players from our team the last four years. But I think we’ve got some kids that are going to step up, because they want to show everybody they can do it too.”

Greensburg opens the season with seven tournaments in the next 10 days. They are in action today at 8 a.m. at the Shelbyville Invitational along with North Decatur. They will also participate in the Martinsville Invitational on Thursday.

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