(By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent)
Despite small numbers, Chewelah has two state tourney golfers…
Coach Brian Harting has concerns at the start of a new Chewelah Cougar golf season.
First and foremost, Harting hopes that there will actually be time enough to have a golf season.
“We have not hit a golf ball yet,” Harting lamented. “There is still a foot of snow up at the golf course, and with all the trees and the continued cold weather, it may not melt until after spring break. So, we have been in my classroom after school talking about fundamentals, rules and etiquette. The driving range has opened up at Colville, so we may get in our first swings up there this week.
Also, a few of the kids said they might drive to Spokane to play one of their open courses over the weekend. But, other than that, we are hoping for sunshine and warm wind to melt the snow.”
Harting’s second concern is the small number of golfers turning out this year.
“We have only three boys and eight girls on the team,” he explained. “This means that the boys will not be able to compete as a team, but only as individuals. We have six returning girls, plus two who are going to play for the first time. With no freshmen out this year, this raises a concern about the future of our program. I know that we have five spring sports and a limited number of athletes, but I was expecting more younger players to turn out. Maybe some will show up when the snow melts.”
Griffin Stroyan and Owen Baldwin, two state tournament veterans, return to the Chewelah boys’ team for their senior season. Stroyan has competed in the state finals three times and has advanced to the second day of the tournament twice. Baldwin had his first state tournament experience last spring and is eager to return to Pasco for a second round.
Blake Burya is the only other boy turning out for golf this season. The Cougar girls are young again this year, but have six returning players. Back on the links this season will be Avery Arnold, Autumn Glover, Tessa DeTillion, Brooklyn Bender, Alison Brashler and Jayci Earl. Joining the team for the first time are Elizabeth Chalmers and Sarah Foster.
Golf is a lifetime sport, and. with an outstanding local course available, it seems more high school athletes would be interested in learning this game.
Owen Baldwin Senior
Elizabeth Chalmers Senior
Griffin Stroyan Senior
Blake Burya Junior
Avery Arnold Sophomore
Brooklyn Bender Sophomore
Alison Brashler Sophomore
Tessa DeTillion Sophomore
Jayci Earl Sophomore
Sarah Foster Sophomore
Autumn Glover Sophomore
Coach: Brian Harting
April 11 @ Newport/League Match #2 11 a.m.
April 14 Colville Invitational TBA
April 17 @ Medical Lake/ League Match #3 10 a.m.
April 20 Chewelah Boys Invitational 10 a.m.
April 26 @ Deer Park/League Match #4 10 a.m.
April 27 Chewelah Girls Invitational 10 a.m.
May 3 @ Lakeside/League Match #5 TBA
May 7 Girls Subdistrict @ Deer Park TBA
May 8 Boys Subdistrict @ Hangman Valley TBA
May 14 Girls District @ Chewelah TBA
May 15 Boys District @ Liberty Lake TBA
May 21 – 23 State Golf Tourney