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Shooting for ‘the pars’

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Gabe Poor, junior, putts out on the second hole at Paradise Pointe Golf Course.

Gabe Poor, junior, putts out on the second hole at Paradise Pointe Golf Course.

Photo by Savannah Oesterle

Photo by Savannah Oesterle

Gabe Poor, junior, putts out on the second hole at Paradise Pointe Golf Course.

Savannah Oesterle, Staff

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As fourth quarter begins so do spring sports. Boys golf is underway and they’re starting off strong.

The boys have been dedicated despite the cold weather and wind that makes golf difficult. All of their hardwork will pay off next week, on Wednesday when the competition officially begins.

This year, the team consists of 17 boys. This number is low compared to previous years where coaches had to cut players. Last year alone had 30 boys try out, but only 21 made the team.

“Our team this year is looking good,” said Trevor Mosby, “We lost Jacob Majeske and Nathan Waters, but we have one returning state qualifier.”

Brock Cook, senior, shot 84 at the Class 3 State tournament last year.

“Our freshmen class looks good as does the rest of our team,” Mosby said.

JB Clark, Grant Fisher, Jack Massie, Nicholas Nielsen and Cameron Oesterle came out as freshman for the team. All of them are turning in promising scores and making their way towards playing Varsity.

The sophomore class contributes with Blake Ackerman, McKinley Hopkins, Logan Littleton Eldon Miller, Robbie Schwind and Trace Walters. Both Hopkins and Walters had varsity experience last year.

Along with Benbow, the juniors on the team are Nathan Allen, Gavin Dunn, Brock Findley and Gabe Poor. All of which are making their way towards varsity.

Lastly the seniors, Brock Cook, Nick Hartman and Jacob Newland are all playing their last season of high school golf.

Even though golf is an individual’s sport, this group of boys are looking to take the team all the way to state for the first time in school history.

“One of my goals is to take the team to districts and place so we go to sectionals as a team. Then to qualify as a team for state once we get to sectionals,” Cook said.

This year is different for the boys because Pembroke, a big competitor for both the girls and boys teams, is not in their district any longer.

“As for wins and losses, I don’t like to set expectations like that,” Mosby said.

In preparation for the upcoming matches, the team played several playoff rounds last week to see where they would play on the roster.

Despite Spring Break next week, the boys team will kick off the 2017 season with a home match on Wednesday, March 22.

Golf may not be very popular but the team would appreciate if they had the support of the student body while they compete. The match will begin at four o’clock at Paradise Pointe Golf Course.

“I think we should be competing at all of our tournaments, even the post season events,” Cook said.

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