The Osage Lady Indians won their first district title in golf last year, and though they lost some seniors, the team is optimistic.

Fielding a team of seven for the 2013 season, the team actually has more players than the previous season. One more, to be exact. But this squad is young, with no seniors on the team.

Taylor Hayes returns as the leader of the team, with the most experience. Hayes' career at the high school level has been nothing less than stellar, with trips to state and numerous wins over the summer and previous seasons. And this season, with a number of the rivals graduated, Hayes could run away with wins this season, seeing that the ladies who managed to beat her last season are out of the picture.

Coach Brenda Hayes sees a lot of potential in her younger players, and hopes that adding experience to the young roster will build a strong starting roster. With this young of a group, and so little experience, though, filling out a five-man team to compete will be tough, especially when Hayes wants to put her young players in a position to succeed.

Still, the raw potential of players like Devin Henderson and MaCayla Montgomery could prove to be the deciding factor this season.

The Lady Indians' first chance to compete this season was on Wednesday, Aug. 28 when they traveled to Old Kinderhook for the annual Laker Invitational.Coach Hayes took three players to the event, which turned out to be a very hot and muggy day on the course. and I am so proud of the 75 girls who played and completed 18 holes of golf--no carts!!!!

Of the 75 girls competing, Jenna Kosmatka from Helias took first with a score of 75 and Pavin Jackson from Lebanon took second with a score of 77. Taylor Hayes finished third with a 78.

Devin Henderson has improved from last season, shooting a 110, while McCayla Montgomery shot a 117 on the day.

There were 22 girls who shot under 100, 13 shot between 100-110,  16 shot between 111-120 and 24 girls shot 120+.

The team returned to action on Thursday afternoon for their first 9-hole match at Dogwood Hills against Waynesville, Eugene and Stover.