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Marauders’ Miner named Daily Reporter Girls Golf Coach of the Year

FORTVILLE — When head coach Mike Miner took over the Mt. Vernon girls golf program three years ago, he knew there was potential.

He also realized the talent pool across Hancock County’s golf landscape was vast. The key was patience, hard work and timing.

This fall, the time was just right to strike, and Miner’s Marauders didn’t miss.

After three straight runner-up finishes at the annual county tournament against rivals Greenfield-Central, twice (2019 and 2020), and New Palestine in 2018, the Marauders at last claimed the team title.

But, that was only the beginning for the eventual 2021 sectional champions.

“We had been building up to that. You could see it. These girls, especially the three seniors, had stayed together since their seventh-grade year, and they started playing well their sophomore year and started winning,” said Miner, the 2021 Daily Reporter Girls Golf Coach of the Year.

“Then, last year, it seemed like we were just a hair short. There was so much disappointment, but this year, all that disappointment went away because they were able to achieve that goal.”

The goals were specific: win county, conference, sectional and shoot sub-350 at regional for a shot at the state meet.


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