Coach Brian DeHerrera said he feels this year’s players have more experience and focus, which should mean the Englewood High School Girls Golf Team will be improved.
“We are looking better and probably would improve more quickly if we could get everyone to practice every day,” the coach said. “But that is difficult because several of our golfers are also on another school sports team or involved in school activities this spring. They can’t attend every practice, so they get here as often as they can.”
Coming off spring break, the Pirates resumed practice April 1 at Broken Tee at Englewood Golf Course as they prepared for the first match of the year, which will be held at 11 a.m. on April 11 when teams from Elizabeth, Fort Morgan and Vista Peak come to Broken Tee for in a league meet competition.
Englewood will enter the season’s first match with a half-dozen girls on the team roster, including three who can’t make every practice.
Tayler Search will start as the Pirates No. 1 golfer. The coach said she is a talented athlete who plays good golf and could be even better with practice. However, she also is running track so can’t make all the practices. Teammate Jasmine Peters also can’t make all the practices because, on Monday and Wednesday, she is a volunteer after-school tutor, and Maddie Cowell also misses golf practices because she also plays soccer this spring.
The team’s No. 2 golfer, Tianna Peters was with the team last year and the coach said she is playing better golf this season.
Other golfers on the roster include Brenda Adamo and Christina Cowell.
DeHerrers said the team practices on Monday at 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4 p.m. All practices are held at Broken Tee.
“We will continue to work on fundamentals in our practice sessions. A focus for us is seeking to get all the players to show consistency when they hit the golf ball,” the coach said. “It is coming along but we still have work to do.”
DeHerrera said another focus is working to develop stamina so the girls can do well in 18-hole matches.
“Last year’s league played a lot of 9-hole meets,” he said. “The girls liked those but really didn’t like the more demanding 18-hole matches. This year, all of our league matches will be 18-hole events, so we have to work hard to be ready for those matches.”
He said all the players seem to be enjoying golf and like the sport.
“I tell them to go out and have fun playing golf because, when they know the basics, golf is lifetime sport,” the coach said.