The Community R-VI golf program has two golfers hoping to see success on the links this year for the Trojans.
Senior Weston Hart, the team’s lone golfer from a year ago, returns and has represented the school for four seasons.
“Weston is improving the mechanics he’s been working on the last couple of years,” said Community R-VI head goal coach Johnathan Guilkey. “His swing has definitely improved the last couple of years.”
Guilkey said Hart is working more on his course management, strategy, and knowing what to do given the situation.
Hart will be joined by freshman teammate Micah VanSkike, who is learning the game and can benefit from Hart’s returning experience.
Guilkey said one of the challenges for the school district is fielding a team. He said there are only 60 boys in the high school and nearly a third of them are participating in baseball and track and field.
“Our target is students who have never really played golf but think it’s something they will spend a couple of weeks learning the game,” he said.
“We’re not going to be super competitive but if we can teach them the game of golf, this is one of the few sports you can take with you while enjoying high school. That’s the selling point, really giving them that opportunity.”
Once again, the Trojans have had two practices a week and have two 2017 home matches at the Mexico Country Club.
“We’re definitely thankful for that,” Guilkey said of the Country Club allowing the district to access the golf course. “They’ve been pretty gracious in past years for what they allow us to do. They’re really easy to work with and are just really helpful.”
Their first home match will be held on April 11 with Van-Far and Silex at 4 p.m. The second home match will be played with Sturgeon and Monroe City on April 19 at 4 p.m.