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Golf team putts their way into states

After months of hard work and dedication, the South’s Varsity Golf team made it to states. Having long practices with many challenging drills, Shaun Hampton believes there will be a good chance to win states.

Yet there comes a lot of struggles and time for perfection. The top 5 competitors, Lyla Hampton ’26, Cate Hampton ’24, Tenley Stiyer ’25, Murphy Russell ’25 and Maggie O’Brien ’25, have set certain goals to reach in states. Cate Hampton, being captain of this year’s team knows what to work on to compete well.

Lyla Hampton ’26 nails her 2nd shot onto the green at states in East Lansing. (Murphy Russell ’25)

“I need to work on my putting, it’s been all over the place recently,” Cate Hampton said. “My driver has been a little iffy too, I have not been able to hit it how I would like to.”

With nerves building up, there is still lots of excitement from these girls, especially from their coach, Shaun Hampton.

“I’m extremely proud of the girls,” Shaun Hampton said. “The accomplishments they’ve made this year, and being dedicated to doing their ultimate best was great to see”.

Bonding is a big factor in doing well too. Making sure there’s always support from one another. For Lyla Hampton, having her sister on the team creates a closer bond between them.

“I like having my sister on my team because we are super close,” Lyla Hampton said. “We spend a lot of time together, so it’s just easy having her be on the same team as me”.

Since this is Cate Hampton’s last year on the team, all she hopes for is effort. Having everyone try their hardest, and hopefully seeing a good outcome to that. Qualifying for states alone made Cate excited about how much everyone has grown and accomplished from that.

“I just want everyone to play to the best of their ability and give it their all,” Cate Hampton said. “We’ve made it here so that’s enough for me, and I want us all to try our best.”

To do well in the States, it’s not always the most complicated drill, but a big factor is having confidence in yourself. Having a positive mindset in golf is very important and plays a huge role in doing better.

“There is a lot that has been worked on, and has to be performed well at states to be in a good place,” Shaun Hampton said. “That includes the short game, chipping, putting, and overall having a positive mentality.”

Besides all of the competitiveness, having fun is what counts most. Winning and being focused, yet having a lot of fun on the course, and enjoying the moments you intake.

“I want the girls to follow the process to work on the things we’ve done all season to get them to this point,” Shaun Hampton said. “Then, focus on enjoying themselves and having fun.”

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Murphy Russell '25
Murphy Russell '25, Staff Writer
Murphy Russell ’25 creativity takes on the Tower this year. With being out-going, and having lots of interest in many different things, these new stories will become eye-catching. Russell is the starting pitcher on the South Varsity Softball team and loves practicing the sport with her close friends. “I find lots of joy in sports, it makes me happy to be active,” Russell said. “Especially being on the field and playing what I love.” This first-year staffer is looking forward to working with other Tower members, when it comes to working together, that is right up her alley. “I like to be with others when working on projects, or involving anything with school work,” Russell said. “I’ve always been the type to go out of my way to work with others, it just seems a more enjoyable way to get assignments completed.”

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