By Tim Linscott
There will be a new look to boys golf at Perkins County this season as this will be the first year of varsity golf for the five starters.
“This team has much less experience than we had in the past seasons,” said PCHS second year boys golf coach Troy Kemling. “All five players will be teeing up for their first varsity competition as we have no returning letterwinners.”
The season opens with two duels, March 31 at Creek Valley and April 3 at the Bayside Triangular. Kemling hopes this gives his squad a chance to ‘get our feet wet.’
One senior, Chase Miyamoto, will join juniors Kaleb Gaar, Kaden Kammerer, Shane Ourada and Brennan Toner. Sophomores on the team are Austin Fay and Dakota Prante. Nathan Becker, Dorian Brassfield, James McArtor, Tyler Thelander and Carson Sletten are all freshmen on the PCS roster.
Getting out on the greens will be physically daunting early in the season with colder weather, but mentally as well.
“Playing in a tournament is not the same as just teeing it up casually at home,” Kemling explained. “Competing with a group of players from other schools magnifies the nerves and can shake one’s confidence when things don’t go well. It will be interesting to see how the team handles this. It will be a good measure of our mental toughness.”
Having an ‘exuberance of youth’ will help the team as a strength, according to Kemling, but can also be a drawback with a lack of experience.
“I believe only two golfers have significant junior tournament experience, either in the summer or in a high school JV situation,” Kemling said.
Kemling thinks Miyamoto will provide the bulk of leadership for the team this season.
“I have been impressed with his consistent approach to practice and his willingness to relate to teammates thus far,” Kemling said. “Expect junior Brennan Toner, sophomore Austin Fay and freshman Tyler Thelander to challenge for varsity playing time.”
Kemling believes that the team will take their lumps early on but, once the team finds an identity, as far as what aspects of the game each individual golfer can count on, things will improve.
“Putting, chipping, iron play or the long game, these will be strengths for some and weak areas for others,” Kemling said. “Each player needs to know their game.”
Date Location Time
Monday, March 31 Creek Valley (dual) 3:30 pm
Thursday, April 3 Bayside (tri) 3 pm
Tuesday, April 8 Dundy Co. 9 am
Thursday, April 17 Sutherland (Hershey Inv) 9 am
Tuesday, April 22 Perkins Co. Invite 9 am
Tuesday, April 29 Garden County 9 am
Friday, May 2 Kimball 9 am
Tuesday, May 6 Creek Valley 9 am
Tuesday, May 13 Sutherland 9 am
Thursday, May 15 Ogallala 9 am
Monday, May 19 Kimball (Districts) TBA
Wed/Thur May 28-29 State (Lincoln) TBA
All times Mountain Time
Bold denotes home events