De Soto district to weigh adding girls golf as sport
Teeing off with the boys might soon be a thing of the past for female golfers in De Soto USD 232.
The Athletic Advisory Committee will present a proposal for girls golf teams at Mill Valley and De Soto high schools to the Board of Education April 21.
Mill Valley athletic director Matt Bohm said parents and students expressed interest in a separate golf program for female students.
"Any time you can add programs to high school athletics or activities, I think it obviously benefits the kids," he said. "It gives more of a group of individuals a chance to compete and represent the school."
Bohm said there also is a concern with keeping up with other high schools. Shawnee Mission, Olathe, Blue Valley, Gardner-Edgerton and Spring Hill school districts all have girls golf teams.
"It does make us more marketable to people coming in to the Kansas City area," he said.
De Soto High golf coach Chad Brecheisen said the only option in the district for female golfers now is to play on the male team.
He said playing on a girls team could have more advantages for female players, like De Soto junior Ashley Sweeney, because the holes are at a shorter distance. Sweeney currently plays on the boys golf team.
"She shoots 56 on nine holes," he said. "I truly believe if she could tee off from girls tees she would be in the 40s, which could qualify her for state."
Bohm said two girls golf teams would cost the district between $15,000 and $16,000.
The Board of Education also will consider a proposal to add middle school cross country programs. Bohm said he did not have a cost estimate for those programs.
The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday at the District Administrative Building, 35200 W. 91st St., De Soto.