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Bullis freshman shines in golf victory over Good Counsel

Bullis Golfer Sophie Simon's lines up for a par putt vs Good Counsel at Great Falls Road Golf Course. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKBullis golfer Sophie Simon lines up for a par putt against Good Counsel at Great Falls Road Golf Course. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKPOTOMAC — Bullis freshman golfer Sophie Simon was in top form Monday at Falls Road Golf Course.

The teenager shot a 36 to lead the Bulldogs to a three-stroke victory over Good Counsel, 197-200.

“When she came out here last year as an eighth grader,” recalled Bullis head coach Shawn Kane, “we knew we were going to have something special when she got to ninth grade.”

Simon, 15, emerging as one of the area’s top golfers in just her first high school season, gave a remarkable performance Monday against Washington Catholic Athletic Conference contender Good Counsel.

Tucker Strachan demonstrates the same form and power on the golf course that he brings to the football field as a quarterback for Bullis. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKTucker Strachan demonstrates the same form and power on the golf course that he brings to the football field as a quarterback for Bullis. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK“She’s a ninth grader and shot 36; that’s pretty good,” said Good Counsel head coach Jim Estes, a former PGA Player of the Year.

Bullis also received contributions from Blake Greenberg, Tucker Strachan, Brian Tan, Jack Jin, Blake Kantor, Robby Meredith and Coco Guo, who was moved up to varsity from the junior varsity squad.

However, Simon was the talk of the town after carting the low score against players older than her.

“She’s got some really good coaches and she’s got passion for the game,” said Kane. “She loves it; she works on her game all the time. That’s part of the battle of being a good player is you got to really love it and keep working. The sky is the limit for her potentially.”

Simon has been playing the sport for nearly a decade and receives constant support from her parents, Neal and Jennifer, along with personal coach John Scott Rattan, a former all-county golfer during his tenure at Watkins Mill High School.

“They’re really encouraging and they take me to practice and they want me to do well and want the best,” Simon said about her parents.

Under Rattan’s guidance, Simon has been able to take her game to another level, she said.

“I practice a lot, almost every day and I play tournaments through the year,” said Simon.

Meanwhile, Good Counsel was led by senior Brandon Keller, sophomore Joey Lagana and junior Max Magladry along with contributions from Tony Wehrung, Carter Alban, Griffin Bossie, Nicole McConaty and Chris Park.

Both teams now have two wins under their belt as they head into conference play.

Bullis will face stiff competition from Georgetown Prep and Landon in the Interstate Athletic Conference while Good Counsel wages war against the likes of Gonzaga and Paul VI in the WCAC.

“They’re growing as players and they’re getting better so I’m optimistic about this year,” said Estes. “I think we’re going to be fine.”

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