BY DARREN REESE
SUN SPORTS EDITOR
MORRISTOWN - The girls' golf season didn't off to quite the start Greeneville head coach Steve Collins had hoped for, but he still has high expectations for his Lady Devils in 2013.
Greeneville turned in a 190 total in the Morristown Invitational, held Tuesday morning at The Country Club, and finished 13th out of the 15-team field.
"My expectations for this year are to finish top three in the district and make it to the region tournament," Collins said. "I think that is realistic for this team. We just have to get where we are playing more consistently."
The majority of the Invitational field was made up of Class AAA schools, with Elizabethton, Grainger and Greeneville being the only AA schools participating.
Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett won the team title with a 161, led by sophomore Haverly Harrold with a 77.
Science Hill and South-Doyle tied for runner-up at 162, followed by Jefferson County (164), Daniel Boone (167) and Morristown East (168).
Daniel Boone's senior standout Haley Wagner fired a round of 2-under, 70 to finish far ahead of runner-up Harrold for medalist honors.
Science Hill freshman Addison Baggarly placed third with a 79, followed by Kelsey Haun of Jefferson County with an 80.
Greeneville was led by junior Gracie Gass with a 93, while senior Madeline Wood added a 97 to make up the Lady Devils' team total. Another GHS senior, Mary Ann Bulawa, also competed and turned in a 100.
Gass has been to the state tournament the past two seasons for the Lady Devils, and Collins hopes that she can become the first girl in school history to make it all four years.
The three players that Collins took to Morristown this week are all pretty even, according to the coach. Sophomore Rachel Woody also saw time in the starting rotation for the Lady Devils last season.
"I can't really say one of them has really took that next step yet," he said. "They are all three playing pretty even right now."
Rounding out the roster for Lady Devils in 2013 is junior Mollie Bowers and sophomores Asheka Hira and Lillith Bulawa.
Greeneville advanced out of District 2-A/AA and on to the region tournament last year. District foe Grainger won the Region 1-A/AA championship and went to the state tournament.
Collins expects the Lady Grizzlies to be the team to beat again this year.