Golf season sets swing


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JV/Developmental boys at Oak Hollow on February 18. The varsity golf team is preparing for a tournament on March 23.

Dom Mazero, Staff Reporter

After consistently practicing four days a week at Heritage Ranch and Twin Creeks golf courses, the varsity boys and girls golf team are ready for their spring competition season with the boys’ and girls’ next varsity tournament on March 23.

“All teams improved their team scores and individual scores by the end of our fall season,” head golf coach Romi Farrell said. “Our varsity boys team finished 3rd at our Fall District Preview and our varsity girls team finished 2nd at our Fall District Preview.”

Farrell utilized the fall competition season to especially prepare for District 10-5A rivals Prosper and McKinney High.

“UIL only allows us 7 tournaments during the year, excluding districts, regionals, and state, so it’s vital for our success to utilize our fall competitions to mentally prepare for competition within our district, as well as, to take inventory of different skills we need to work on and improve on prior to the district tournament,” Farrell said. “This year it has been particularly important with McKinney High and Prosper joining our district, as they are now our main competition at district.”

In addition to golf competitions, Farrell has also added some different activities at practice to strengthen the team as a whole.

“I incorporated more in-practice competitions to resemble stressful on-course situations,” Farrell said. “I also changed up how we practice, by separating the boys and girls during practice so they can focus more on preparing as a team.”

Farrell’s players have noticed the changes made to practices.

“We have been playing a lot more on the course course and having different goals we must reach at the end of each practice,” senior golfer Maddie Pool said.

With a solid fall season to look back on, the players feel ready for the new competition this year.

“I personally think as the captain of the boys teams, we have a solid shot at reaching regionals again,” junior golfer Nathan Wutzke said. “We are a young team, but we are very skilled and dedicated. We can easily beat Prosper, but we have to beat one of the Mckinney schools. If we make it to regionals, there is a strong chance we will qualify for state.”

Farrell feels poised to have a successful season this year despite the addition of other skilled teams in the district.

“I expect continued improvement from each team and individual,” Farrell said. “For my varsity, I anticipate both the varsity boys and varsity girls teams to finish in the top three at the district tournament.  The top two teams and top two individual scores of players not on the top two finishing teams, advance out of district to the regional tournament.  It’s going to be a close match for second place, but I feel that both the Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls teams can compete and have the potential to place second and advance out of district.  It will be a fun match to watch on April 6 and 7.”