In his first season coaching at Seabreeze, Cory Flickinger has helped the girls golf team win five straight matches.
The Seabreeze girls golf team is getting really good at trapping their opponents on the green.
Just this past week the Sandcrabs have won the Volusia-Flagler All-Area Championship on Sept. 13 with a team score of 347 and a third place tie for Amelia Cobb; a nine-hole dual match against Mainland on Sept. 15 with a team score of 180, including medalist honors for Cobb with a 35; and another against Flagler Palm Coast on Sept. 16 with a team score of 174.
Four weeks into the season, the Sandcrabs are undefeated at 5-0 with two rainouts.
Seabreeze head coach Cory Flickinger recently transferred from Deltona High School and replaced coach Rob Schmidt who had taken an offer at the same school. Flickinger had a week-and-a-half to meet with his team prior to the season’s start.
“I just liked driving the golf cart. Then my dad started saying if I wanted to drive the golf cart, I had to hit golf balls. I thought it was fun. It was a fair trade.”
He spent that time introducing himself and getting to know his players. Most of his players had been playing with the Volusia-Flagler Junior Golf Association which routinely schedules eight tournaments during the summer, offering high school students a means to prepare and be competitive in their fall sport.
“Coach Schmidt has done a really good job developing the girls’ golfing techniques,” Flickinger said. “And the girls have been playing golf together all summer with the VFJGA. They’re just a great group of girls who are friends and really work well with each other.”
Cobb has been playing since the age of 3-and-a-half when her dad would take her to the golf course. Once she started practicing and being more competitive, it was another six to eight months before she became interested in playing the game.
“I just liked driving the golf cart,” she said. “Then my dad started saying if I wanted to drive the golf cart, I had to hit golf balls. I thought it was fun. It was a fair trade.”
Cobb is the Sandcrabs’ No. 1 player. Hannah Ashton is No. 2 and tied for ninth in the Volusia-Flagler championship with an 81. Ashton expressed disappointment in the way she played in the match against Mainland when she shot a 44.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to figure it out,” she said. “I think I probably need to work on my approach shots and off the tee, because I’m hitting it pretty far left. I don’t think I’m getting a full rotation. My dad is really good at helping with my swing though.”
The Sandcrabs face off against the Matanzas Pirates on Wednesday, Sept. 22 on their home course, the Riviera Country Club.