Bobcats want to defend KVL title
Mustain, Douglas lead returning players for team that has aspirations of playing in state
After winning the Kaw Valley League title last year, the Basehor-Linwood boy's golf team is ready for an encore.
With four players returning from the team, Sam Mustain, Chris Douglas, Ryan Fritz and Bobby Courtney, the team should again compete for the crown.
"Those four are the key to our success," coach Chad Harvey said. "They have worked hard during the summer and look very strong from the start of the season. Sam is bringing the experience of a senior that has been on varsity since his freshman year."
Mustain is playing with a lot of confidence and has emerged as the team's leader this season. He is expected to lead the team this season.
"He has been to the state tournament two years in a row, and knows what it takes to get there," Harvey said. "If the rest of the team follows him and learns from him, then they just increase their chances of getting to state."
Douglas joined Mustain at state last year. He worked really hard to improve during the offseason by playing in numerous tournaments and should contend in every tournament that he plays in, Harvey said.
"Chris will continue to work on the mental part of the game, and once that confidence hits, he will be ready to get to state again," Harvey said.
One golfer that is expected to step up this season is Ryan Fritz. He has played the number five position the past two years, but has the potential to shoot very low at any given time.
"We are working on his consistency and mental preparation, but look out when he gets hot," he said
Harvey said last season was a special one for him as a coach.
"The kids came together as a team; they supported each other and came through some difficulties during the season that could have made a lot of other teams give up hope," Harvey said.
Harvey said this year's Bobcats are a completely different team than what he has ever had.
"Leadership is the biggest difference we will have this year," Harvey said. "We have spent the last three years being young and inexperienced. Now we have the leadership and experience we need to get to state. That is our goal. We want our whole team at state."
Practice started the first week of March, and the team was forced to fight the weather. The team has worked on pre-shot routines, putting, chipping and stroke development.
"I want all our guys to have a pre-shot routine, so that every time they step up to the ball, they go through the same thought pattern and think about that more than all the other things that can creep into your mind before a shot," Harvey said.
Overall, the team just wants to make a trip to the Class 4A State tournament.
"We want to go to state," Harvey said. "That is what this team wants more than anything."