KIRKSVILLE – The late winter weather has benn tough on the KHS golf team as they try and prepare for their upcoming season. The boys have been trying to make the best of it as they have held indoor practices and as many practices on the course as possible. With all of the uncertainty and a young team this season could be interesting.
“This year we have quite a few freshmen who have been playing junior golf so it will interesting to see how they turn out. It’s also important that we get out and play whenever we can,” said Kirksville head coach Tom Nothdurft.
The district meet will take place at Heritage Hills a course that the Tigers are and will become familiar with.
“We see the district course quite a few times so we will be able to become familiar with it. Based off last season if things go our way we should have a good shot at getting out of districts,” said Nothdurft.
Among the freshmen that Nothdurft is expecting things from are: Trent Haltertmen, Chance Edwards, and Zach Mayer.
“Getting over being shell shocked is the biggest thing for freshmen, especially if they haven’t had any tournament experience before high school. I hope that they can get a positive experience from playing this year and learn from our veteran players,” said Nothdurft.
There is a battle at the top to see who will be the Tigers No. 1 golfer this season. Collin Kuntz and Tyler Howerton are the top two returning players from last season’s team. Howerton made it to sectional play last season.
“I expect to do at least as well as I did last year and hopefully go farther. I will have more confidence in my game this season since it will be my second year. We should be able to win our conference and then hopefully make it out of districts,” said Howerton.
Even though they haven’t had much time on the course expectations are still rather high.
“I hope to make it past districts and as a team we should be able to win some tournaments,” said Kuntz.
With a mix of both young and new players, this season has the potential to be up and down.
“We lost some good players from last season and I think we are almost in a rebuilding stage right now. However, I think that if these guys play the way I think they can play we can do very well at districts and in conference,” said Nothdurft.
The Tigers were scheduled to open their season on March 25, however that tournament was canceled to due weather conditions. Their next scheduled event is on April 1 at the Columbia Golf Classic, pending weather and course conditions. KHS is scheduled to host Hallsville on April 3 at 4 p.m.