The Ready girls golf team won't return to action until early September after competing in a pair of events in mid-August, but it's still staying busy.
Scheduling a clinic was one of the ideas new coach Kyle Garrett had to help teach the sport to a roster of seven players, including four who are new to the program.
The Silver Knights will participate in a clinic Aug. 30 at their new home course, Hickory Hills, in addition to holding as many practices as possible.
"I have a buddy who is going to do a clinic for us in August to give them some tips," said Garrett, a 2004 Reynoldsburg graduate who is the brother-in-law of Ready boys golf coach Bob Wilson.
"We're playing it by ear and just taking it in stride. We played a nine-hole practice (in early August) and a few had played over the summer, but the majority of the girls hadn't played (at Hickory Hills)."
On Aug. 14, the Knights opened league action by shooting a 457 to finish fourth behind DeSales (340), Watterson (386) and Hartley (407) in the CCL preseason tournament at NorthStar.
The top returnee is junior Clar-issa Bachelder, who shot 121 in a Division II sectional at Blacklick Woods last season as Ready placed seventh (521) after going 0-8 in the CCL.
Junior Gabrielle Phillips and sophomore Lema Ahmed also have returned.
The roster also features sophomores Nora Hackman, Abby Parisi and Mattie Wiethe and freshman Leah Kaufman.
Lost to graduation was Eva Grace, a district qualifier last season under former coach Tom Watson, who also is her grandfather. Watson stepped down after his second season.
"I started golfing when I was in junior high, played in high school and have a single-digit handicap," Garrett said.
"Ideally I want to get them some exposure and we want to bring more to the golf program."
Girls tennis team has 'deep' roster
A season ago, the girls tennis team won two more matches than it did in 2017 despite having just two seniors.
Nearly the entire roster has returned for the Knights, who are looking to improve on a finish of 3-10 overall and 0-4 in the CCL.
"Early practices are showing me that our team this year has plenty of girls who have played for a few years," sixth-year coach Dan Skuce said. "We are deep with lots of different girls who are very equal in ability. I'm really not sure how our lineup is going to look at the end of the season. If girls are having success then they're going to keep playing."
Senior Lindsay Dickerson is the top returnee after reaching the second round of last year's Division II sectional at Columbus Academy in singles.
Senior Emily Mathew returns after losing in the first round at sectional, and freshman Kayla Thomas also is expected to be in the singles lineup.
Juniors Jenna Ruth and Iveth Saucedo lost in the first round at sectional in doubles.
Senior Julianne Pece is another returnee along with junior Claire Nagy, who teamed with 2019 graduate Lucia Beickman to lose in the first round at sectional in doubles.
Others looking to contribute include junior Mary Tokar and sophomore Victoria Foust.
The only other key player not back is 2019 graduate Eva Freeman, who lost in the first round at sectional in singles.
Ready doesn't play its first CCL match until Sept. 3 at defending champion Watterson.
"We have quite a few matches this year scheduled that should be very competitive," Skuce said. "I'm looking for some good results from this team (because) we are deeper."
Three players return for boys golf squad
Of the five competitors on last year's boys golf team, three have returned.
Junior Mitchell Clark is playing in the No. 1 position, with sophomore Adam Bennett at No. 2 after both contributed last season. Junior Dario Scott is the other returnee.
Also on the team is freshman Ryan Petrella, who is new to the sport.
Ready played in the CCL preseason tournament Aug. 15 at Apple Valley.
The CCL postseason tournament is Sept. 22 at Denison Golf Club.
Ready went 0-8 in the CCL last season and shot 502 in a Division III sectional at Darby Creek to finish seventh.
"I'd like to improve on (our record)," Wilson said. "We didn't have a team for a couple years, so we're still kind of rebuilding. We'd like to have a .500 record, but it's tough playing in the CCL. On a good day Clark can be in the 90s. Adam has the ability, and if he gets more consistent he can be a player that gets down into the 80s."
Below are the coming schedules for the Ready cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:
Aug. 24 -- Newark Catholic Invitational at Bryn Du Mansion
Aug. 20 -- At Groveport
Aug. 24 -- Home vs. Licking Heights
Aug. 22 -- Home vs. Fisher Catholic
Aug. 19 -- At Hilliard Davidson B
Aug. 21 -- At Westerville North
Aug. 24 -- Teays Valley Invitational
Aug. 22 -- At Hamilton Township