DHS golf season in full swing
The DeSoto Wildcats are looking forward to the upcoming golf season that will feature the talents of juniors Matt Holton and Seth Rhodes on the 11-athlete roster.
First-year Coach Brad Scott said he expects team leadership and quality play from Holton and Rhodes, both of whom made the state tournament as juniors with nine-hole averages in the mid 30s.
"Matt and Seth should compete to win most of the tournaments," Scott said, "Both work at Wolf Creek and play golf all the time."
DeSoto also has a trio of sophomores with potential. Scott said sophomores Nick Duncan, Ryan Rodriguez and Trevor Sneedhave a chance to be solid contributors for the Wildcats.
"Those three have the potential to be pretty good," Scott said, "They need to practice and play a lot in the off season."
The Wildcats will compete in eight varsity tournaments during the season and the top five golfers will go to the regional competition. Many of their tournaments will be played at Sunflower Hills Golf Course in Bonner Springs. Sunflower will be the site of DeSoto's home opener on March 29, the Kaw Valley League Championship as well as regional and state championships.
"We practice at Sunflower twice a week so it will be a good place for us to play," Scott said.
Scott said many of the rivalries in high school golf are more individually-oriented.
"With the golfers, they have more of an individual rivalry at tournaments," Scott said, "It is kind of like high school wrestling because it is an individual sport but they keep a team score."
Scott said that the team performance would rely heavily on the underclassmen of the squad.
"I'd like to have Matt and Seth qualify for state and have some kids come on strong at the end," Scott said.