No Pirate qualified for state so the high school golf season is over this year for the Englewood High School boys team. “We knew going into the …
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No Pirate qualified for state so the high school golf season is
over this year for the Englewood High School boys team.
“We knew going into the season that this had to be considered a
rebuilding year since we were so young and inexperienced it would
be almost impossible for us to be competitive in our league,” coach
Brian DeHerrera said. “However, I am proud of the kids. They worked
hard and some of the guys cut 20 or more strokes off their scores
over the course of the season. We didn’t win any matches but I hope
the guys learned something about the game and had fun playing
He said all this year’s work provides a solid foundation for an
improved team next year. DeHerrera said there were nine kids on the
team and the only two seniors were both first-year golfers.
He said at the end of the season, he urged all the golfers but
particularly the underclassmen to get out an play this summer and
perhaps even get into a junior league so they could continue to
improve their skills. The coach said, if the kids work on their
game, the Pirates will take to the course next season as a much
improved team and could move up to the middle of the league
Golf season lasts about six weeks, starting in mid-August and
ending at state in early October. During this year’s regular
season, the Pirates played six league matches plus the regional
tournament that determines the state qualifiers.
Over the course of the season, junior Mitch Chapman consistently
shot the best rounds for the Pirates. He played five of the six
matches and his high score for the season was a 101. However, his
scores dropped steadily and the final regular-season match, he shot
The coach said the drop in scores was across the board for the
other four golfers who shot the majority of the varsity matches,
sophomores Garret Heidrick, Chris Worek and Kenneth Cruz. All saw
drops of 10 strokes or more in their scores over the season,
DeHerrera said as well as the other golfers on the team, Adam Van
Dyke, Collin Weddle, Evan Cheadle and seniors Dallas Harmon and
“The biggest improvement in technique I saw was all the kids
including the beginners learned how to hit the ball every time they
swung the golf club,” he said. “That is a must for a starting
point. Then, once you hit the ball with every swing, you can begin
working on accurately hitting the ball where you want it to
The coach said the drives improve and, for most, so did the
short game for all the golfers. However, DeHerrera said one of the
toughest golf techniques to master is accurate putting. But
everyone worked hard at putting better and, although everyone still
needs to work on it, he saw putting steadily improve during the
The Pirates practices at the Broken Tee at Englewood course and
DeHerrera said course pros from the McGetrick Golf Academy did stop
by to help the kids improve their golf techniques.
“Like I said, I’m proud of the kids because they never quit
trying and never quit working to get better,” the coach said. “Now,
they just need to keep playing golf and come back so we’ll have a
better Pirate team next season.”
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