Five younger Van-Far golfers are hoping to improve their game throughout the 2016 season with the hopes of finishing strong come district time.
This year’s Indians includes three sophomore and two freshmen.
Lathyn McMorris, Daylan Chandler, and Brayden Christian are being joined by 9th graders Jayson Orr and Ethan Winders.
All five golfers are beginning their high school careers this season.
The Indians did lose state qualifier Brandon Otis to graduation.
“Most of them do play golf on their own but this is the first time they’ve played in a school competitive setting,” said Van-Far head coach Joe Basinger.
Basinger said he hopes his team will learn how to compete and adjust as they gain more experience.
“I just look for the kids to go out and get better each and every match and try to play our best golf at the end of the year,” he added.
Basinger said the team is working a lot on chipping and putting as they focus on their games, 100 yards and in.
The focus is on eliminating the three puts and four puts.
This year, the Indians will play their first match in Paris on Monday, March 28 at 4 p.m.
Their first home match at the Vandalia Country Club will be on Thursday, March 31 at 4 p.m. with Palmyra, Bowling Green, and Monroe City.
Basinger said his team is thankful for the opportunity to play at the Vandalia Country Club for practices and home matches again this season.
“It’s just amazing the support they give to allow our kids an opportunity to come out and compete there,” Basinger said.
“They do a good job taking care of that course to help them to succeed. It’s always good to see them be a part of it.”