Golf team waiting for start of season

REED CITY  —  One sport that especially suffers when the weather prevents athletes from getting outdoors is golf.

While golf practices are in their fourth week for the Reed City team, it’s not likely matches will be played at least until mid-April, if not later.

Katrina Wray returns for her third year as coach. The district will be sponsoring varsity, not JV for boys golf this season

“There’s only so much you can do indoors,” Wray said. “The softball and baseball guys and girls can’t get outdoors either so they have the gym occupied. There’s a little room on the stage that we’re allowed two days a week.”

For one day last week, the players worked with a golf simulator.

April 15 is the first scheduled date for an invitational at Chippewa Hills but Wray admits an event like that might be doubtful. Her hope is to be able to get to the driving range and do some chipping and putting at Spring Valley Golf Course, once that facility is usable.

“It looks like our first meaningful practice may be (April 14) and our next match would be the next day,” Wray said.

There are 16 golfers that have signed up for golf. Wray has room for six golfers and can keep some extras.

There are five seniors returning from last year including two of the top golfers in Spencer Battle and Kaden Phelps, based on last year’s scores. Chad Samuels is also back and will also be running track. Jacob Green and Kyle Wright are two other key returning seniors.

“Last year was Kyle’s first year on the team but he made leaps and strides from when he first started practice,” Wray said. “That’s our likely one through five but there are some kids that have signed up that I haven’t seen play yet.”

Chris Bigford from Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids will be helping out with the team and will run clinics and work with players’ swings.

“I’m excited to have him and his expertise,” Wray said.