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GOLF: The players behind Carlson's success (PHOTO)

Carlson's Kourtney Potter rand Bre Vary





Most high school golf teams have an ace one player at the top of the scorecard every match.

But the Carlson golf team has had two players consistently putting up solid numbers, explaining the success the Marauders have had out on the links in 2013.

Kourtney Potter and Bre Vary, both seniors, have the same season average (52) and their playing ability is about equal, according to Carlson coach Grace Farrell.

So let's head out onto the course with the two players who have helped lead Carlson this season.

Kourtney Elizabeth Potter, 17, is the daughter of Mike and Dena Potter.

The senior has three younger brothers, Dakota (14), Joshua (13) and Sebastian (9).

Potter first became interested in golf "because I used to play hockey and softball and many people who play those sports would play golf in the off-season, so I wanted to be just like them," she said.

Farrell was coaching Potter in softball during eighth grade. "She told me about the golf team so I figured I would give it a try. And now I just love to play."

Potter has become one of the team's leaders, on and off the course.

"Yeah, I try and set a good example for my team by working hard in practice and at the matches," said Potter, who is a solid iron player and good off the tee. "I always try to have a positive attitude, and always cheer the team on."

It's been a steady climb up the improvement scorecard for Potter.

Her freshmen-year average was 75, which fell to 58 as a sophomore. Last year her average was 53 which earned her team MVP honors.

Potter also excels in the classroom, posting an impressive 3.57 grade-point average. She will begin her fourth season on the Carlson varsity softball team in the spring.

But right now her focus is on golf.

"My goal this year is to get my personal best score lower with each match," said Potter, who hopes to continue playing in college.

"Outside of golf, I want to go to college for business."

Brianne Vary, 18, is the daughter Melissa and Richard Vary. And like many golfers, her father teed up the idea of playing golf.

"Everything he did I wanted to do," she said. "So he bought me my own golf clubs and he just taught me to play. I joined the high school golf team and now here I am."

Here she is, indeed.

As a freshman, Vary was shooting in the 60s for nine holes. As a junior, that fell to the 50s. And now as a senior, she is consistently in the 40s.

"My strengths would have to be that I can really drive the ball far and long," she said. "I probably drive the ball at least 100 to 150 yards. My short game is pretty good too."

Golf has become her game of choice.

"I love the team and the coaches," she said. "Everyone is so friendly on the team. The coaches are amazing at their job and I have come a long way since my freshman year. I just want to thank both of them for spending their time and patience helping and coaching me through these years."

Like Potter, Vary is one of the team leaders.

"I really do try to be a leader of the golf team, by making sure that everyone is treated nicely and that the new comers have someone that they can come to when they need someone to talk to," she said. "I also make sure that if anyone needs help on a certain shot, I will give them pointers or try to show them what to do."

Her goals for this season outside of golf include getting good grades in the classroom. That scorecard is more important than the one she fills out after a round of golf.

"I want to try and get into a school where I can play golf," said Vary, who would like to go into nursing. "I will play golf for a college if they give me a scholarship or not. I really enjoy the sport. I have a lot of fun playing it."







Last Updated: 10/11/2013 2:41:14 PM EST

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