Golfers anxious for season, good weather
During his time as the Bonner Springs High School golf coach, Bob Chatterton has had some good teams.
In 1997, he had a team win seven regular season tournaments and qualify for state. In 2000, he had a top-heavy team that featured three outstanding golfers, all of whom qualified for state.
This year, Chatterton thinks his 2002 team could rival the excellence of both previous teams.
"We're a year older and a year wiser," Chatterton said of his team that did not lose a single player from last year's squad. "I'm expecting us to be competitive, and if we do the right things, we could be real tough."
What makes the Braves tough is their depth. Sixteen golfers are on the 2002 team and of those 16, Chatterton said he expects at least nine to compete for varsity spots.
Senior Jack Holtzen and junior Jeremy Krug will compete for the No. 1 spot on the team, and both golfers provide talent and experience. In 2000, Holtzen qualified for the state tournament and last season, Krug did.
"Jack Holtzen's a three-year letter winner and he's my captain," Chatterton said. "Jeremy is one of the better golfers in the area and I think that those two should battle for the top spot. After those guys, you get into our real strength as a team and that's the fact that we have six more kids who are pretty talented high school golfers."
Scott Vanderpool, Aaron Mills, Kenny Hurley and Darrin Gearheart all return as letter winners from 2001. After that, Chatterton's pick for newcomer of the year, sophomore James Hovey, will make a bid to compete at the varsity level, as will freshman John Pino.
By the end of the year, Chatterton said he expects Krug to shoot a three-over-par 75, and Holtzen to shoot a 78. The next four scores, he said, will likely fall in the 79-83 range.
"I don't have a 72 on that card," Chatterton said. "But those are good scores, our kids can play. If I have Jeremy at 75 and John at 78, as long as those other scores are anywhere close to that, we're going to be darn good."
The first milestone will be the Bonner Springs Invitational, Thursday, March 28, at Sunflower Hills Golf Course.