Stepped in Sportsmanship, History

The sport of golf is steeped in sportsmanship and history, and an appreciation of those attributes is emphasized in The Summit’s varsity Girls’ Golf program. 

This fall sport has attracted up seven Lady Knights in recent years. School policy permits student-athletes to participate on the golf team and in another fall sport as well, opening the door for multi-talented additions who can handle academics and the double sports load. 

The Summit has a co-ed middle school team that helps develop skills and expand interest at the youth level. The program is highly instructional. 

That’s not the case at the high school level, where each Lady Knights golfer is expected to have her own clubs and possess an understanding of the sport. The program has only five practices before competition begins, allowing little time to teach fundamentals. 

The team competes in a 16-match schedule and calls the Little Miami Golf Center home. 

Since a resurgence of interest in 2014, each team has improved. The Lady Knights posted a winning record in 2016. 

Unlike other sports teams at The Summit, varsity golf is not a Miami Valley Conference program. A sport requires four schools’ participation to secure MVC membership, and girls’ golf does not meet that figure. The Summit will operate as an independent until four MVC schools field teams. 

A group of area independent programs played in a “Cincinnati Girls’ Golf Conference” tournament in 2016, although that is not an official conference affiliation. Teams played three matches of nine holes at Cedar Trace Golf Club, Eagles Nest Golf Course and the Little Miami Golf Center. The tradition is expected to continue annually.  

Cathy Flesch coached middle schoolers at The Summit before taking over varsity girls’ golf in 2014. Coach Flesch graduated from Archbishop Alter High School (1978) and Miami University (1982) before earning her Master’s degree at Xavier University (1997). She teaches Upper School math.