The Bearden boys and girls golf team have started their year with success once again, but this year they hope to continue that success.
Last season, the team has started their season fast, but faded down the stretch.
“The big thing we’re trying to figure out is last year we played well all year and then we fizzled out when it mattered,” Coach Ron Rupard said. “So this year, we’re figuring out how we can fix our problems, overcome our hurdles early on, and build momentum going into the postseason early on instead of losing momentum.”
This year the team has a total of 21 golfers, 13 boys and eight girls, who are split up into three tiers – varsity, junior varsity, and developmental.
As of now, the boys have competed in three invitationals and the girls two.
The team will play in head-to-head matches every week until the beginning of October, when the district tournament takes place.
Last season, the team won all of their regular season matches, but was eliminated in the district tournament. Nonetheless, Coach Rupard has a plan to prevent a repeat of last year.
“At this point, I’m more interested in seeing how our kids manage the course, what decisions they’re making, what they’re struggling with, and that way I can make a practice plan to fix our struggles,” Coach Rupard said.