CONCORD – In five matches so far, the Cox Mill girls golf team is yet to lose, something the Charges have become used to.
After winning the South Piedmont 3A conference every year, excluding one, since their initial season in 2009, the Chargers are used to success.
They have a strong leader in fourth-year coach Moses Smith, who attributes most of the program’s success to the golfers’ preparation in practice and in their own time.
“Most of our kids, when the weekend comes, they’re playing,” Smith said.
Two examples are his Nos. 1 and 2 players, Elizabeth Lohbauer and Riya Modak, who are providing steady leadership and great play.
“We keep pushing each other,” said Modak, a junior. “We stay composed, and the competitive drive amongst ourselves during practice rounds kind of keeps us going.”
Drives have been good all around for the Chargers. They have used the initial shots on holes well, allowing for easier approach shots and short puts.
Smith made an adjustment early in his tenure on the use of clubs that has paid off on drives.
“They were spraying it with the drivers, so we just hit wedges and hybrids,” said Smith.
It paid off. The Chargers won conference that year by one stroke. The next season, they took the title by more than 200 strokes. The change has resulted in better control off the tee, better drives and lower scores.
This is just one part of the team’s success. Another large part is the help Smith receives from his assistant coach, Jim Lohbauer, Elizabeth’s father.
Lohbauer is a Master PGA Professional. He helps Smith with some of the finer points of the game, something Smith says is invaluable to his team’s progression.
“Having him come out a few times a week is great,” Smith said of the elder Lohbauer. “Mechanically, he’s great. When you get to that level, you’re mechanically great.”
All these things are helping Cox Mill add to an already-impressive girls golf legacy. One that includes a third-place state playoff finish two seasons ago and a second-place finish last year.
Of course, that means the goals for this season are high, but the Chargers aren’t hiding from that pressure. They’ve set the goals at the top -- a state championship. The Chargers discuss winning a quite title, according to its coach.
“It’s going to be fun to see what happens,” Smith said. “They have a shot if they come out and just play golf. (We can’t) worry about what other people are doing; (we have to) just play our game. That’s the biggest part. Sometimes you get so locked up in watching your opponent that you don’t play your game.”
Modak thinks the Chargers have the ability to accomplish their goals and gain something more than another SPC title.
“It always gives us something to work toward, and if we do end up accomplishing (our goals), which I’m sure we will, it will give us a great sense of satisfaction,” Modak said.
Cox Mill has a chance to create an even greater legacy with a state championship run this fall.