As a late hire for the Twinsburg girls golf program, first-year head coach Ashley Plassard is excited about the opportunity to help the Tigers improve.
Coming aboard Aug 5, Plassard played collegiately as a volleyball player and that experience has also helped out on the links along with some good old-fashioned family tradition.
Eager in leading a youthful Twinsburg program that actually has some experience heading into this season, Plassard has a positive outlook and isn't a stranger to area courses.
"As a college volleyball player and recent graduate, golf was always my summer sport and this is the first fall that I have been on the course and not in the gym, and I'm so excited about it," she said.
Plassard, a College of Wooster product, has always been around golf — it's a family affair.
The first-year mentor will bring her passion to the Tiger program.
"Every summer coming home from college, my dad and I played at our home course after he will would get home from work," said Plassard. "Golf is in my family's genes.
"My grandpa was a great golfer, my dad is a great golfer, and now I'm trying to continue that love of the game with my own," she added, as her father Brett Plassard and grandfather, John Plassard, cherished and respected the game.
Twinsburg opened the season with an impressive showing at the Suburban League Tournament at Brookledge Golf Club in Cuyahoga Falls Wednesday.
In the National Conference of the SL, the Tigers placed third as Nordonia won with a score of 363, followed by Twinsburg and Hudson, which each scored 367, edging Stow-Munroe Falls at 368.
This year's league race will be difficult.
"After our tournament, there were some really impressive scores that teams and players put up," noted Plassard. "This will be my first year in the Suburban League and I am already impressed by how strong the competition is."
Returning senior Tyler Gliba had a sensational tourney showing in the season opener as she fired an 82 at Brookledge.
Gliba finished second overall as Nordonia's Allie Stewart was impressive with a card of 78.
In 2018, Gliba led Twinsburg in last year's Ellsworth Meadows Division I sectional tournament with a 104.
Seniors Nia Fuentes and Audra Rosenthal are also back for the Tigers again this season.
In addition, junior Sophia Sayavich also returns and has solid ability and experience.
Fuentes showed her potential last fall as she fired a 45 on the front in sectional action.
All four Lady Tigers have multiple years of post-season experience.
According to Plassard, freshman Lyndsey Stephens is one of the top players on the squad and will also help.
"After tying second in our league and fourth overall at the Suburban League's first tournament, we have shown that we are a senior driven team that is here to compete. These girls have battled a lot of adversity to get to where they are today," Plassard said.
"The girls set the bar high after this week's performance," she added.
Twinsburg is scheduled to meet Nordonia Aug. 22, and host the second of four Suburban League Tournaments Aug. 31 at Gleneagles.
"We are expecting a much higher finish than in previous years," said Plassard, of the robust league race.
"More importantly we are expecting our seniors to have a great final season and give us their leadership," she added. "We are excited to see some new faces appearing in our matches as well."