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Olympian Golf: Gant sisters and team off to a historic start

Sister Act / Gant siblings helping Olympians to one of best seasons in school history

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The Columbus East girls golf team has had one of its best seasons in school history.

Sisters Harley and Carter Gant have played a big role in this season’s success.

The duo will help try to lead the Olympians in hopes of becoming Hoosier Hills Conference champions today at Shadowood Golf Course in Seymour.

Harley, a senior, and Carter, a sophomore spent the summer out on the course at least four days a week playing together and spending time at the practice range. The most popular golf course the two spend a lot of time playing at is Timbergate, where Harley works. Both she and Carter have been members at Timbergate for two years.

Whenever they decide to spend a day at Timbergate in their free time, Harley and Carter mentioned that they will play nine holes, go to the range, and then finish the second nine, or they would play 18 holes and then go to the range.

Each take swinging lessons with Jeff Smith. Harley said that it’s great for both of them going together because they can always help each other remember what the other needed to work on.

"I’ve been trying to work on my game and improve it, even if it is for 10 to 15 minutes every day because even if it is a few minutes every day, it shows off in the end," Harley said. "That little bit of time can be a big difference in sectional or regional."

Carter said she has been more focused with her driver and also has become mentally tougher in bigger stages.

"Golf is all mental, so you to focus on one shot at a time," Carter said.

Harley and Carter started playing golf at the same time. Harley picked her first set of clubs at 13 years old and Carter at 11, but she didn’t start playing competitively until she was 13.

Playing golf together outside of school practices and matches gives the Gants the drive to push each other to become better players.

"Playing alongside each other has definitely helped the competition level between us because we always try to beat each other, which I feel is a lot of fun, especially when I beat her, it feels really good," Carter said. "It also makes us become better players overall and helps us succeed at golf."

As much as they like to be competitive, Harley and Carter also realize that it’s about having fun. Occasionally, they would bring the rest of their family members to go out with them and play golf.

"It would give us more competition, not just to beat everyone, but to have fun," Harley said. "We want to have fun and continue to love the sport, so going out and playing with them allows us to enjoy it more just because we can help them. It’s fun to see how they love the sport because we play it every day."

The Gants have been fast learners of golf. They both shot their personal-best scores of the season for nine and 18 holes this season. Harley shot a 37 on two occasions with one of 37s being even-par, and her best 18-hole score was a 75. Carter shot her best scores of 38 and 82 for nine and 18 holes, respectively.

During the winter, Harley plays basketball for the Olympians. She said she’d like play golf at the Division-III or NAIA level and mentioned that Indiana University-East has scouted her. A year ago as a junior, she became the first girls golfer in East history to qualify for the state finals.

"It’s been remarkable. They both play very consistently. They both challenge each other, as well as our other varsity girls challenging one another for spots and low scores, which is great. That’s exactly what you want your golf team to be about," East coach Kylie Weichman said. "They’ve worked really hard after our season ended. Harley played in tournaments last fall after the state tournament run, and she’s done a really great job of being a leader, and Carter is following right in her footsteps."

The Olympians look to be in the mix at today’s Hoosie Hills Conference championship. No. 9 Floyd Central will be the favorite heading into the match. East finished three shots back of Floyd Central last month during an invitational at Valley View Golf Club, the Highlanders home course.

"We tell our girls to play against the course. We have some goals set in terms of finishing in the top three in our conference," Weichman said. "We would love to knock off Floyd. This summer, we put in a lot of time. We spent one of our days going to Shadowood knowing it was going to be our conference course. We’ve done everything we can to put ourselves in a good position."

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