BLHS golfers small on numbers, big on fun
Competition came early for the Basehor-Linwood girls golf team this season.
After less than a week of practice, the team played its first tournament on Tuesday at Washburn Rural in Topeka.
“It kind of threw a wrench into our practice schedule; usually we have a couple weeks of practice before the first tournament,” coach Ben Chapman said.
The tournament also allowed the BLHS team to learn a little more about its strengths and weaknesses early in the season. Coaches and players can learn what areas of their games need improvement, as well as find out what other areas are in good shape.
Chapman said he plans to focus on teaching his golfers the fundamentals of the game this season, and Basehor-Linwood golfers should receive more individual instruction than in previous years.
Chapman has five golfers to work with on this year’s team, and he said that one benefit of having fewer golfers is that he gets more individual time to help each player improve. He also said it is easier to get the entire group enough time playing golf on the course, which he said is pivotal to developing as a player.
“It is just a process,” he said. “The only way to get better is to play. The goal is to get them out on the course a lot so they develop a passion for playing the game when it is not golf season and, thus, keep playing. (As a coach) you try and help them develop a passion for golf. I think that is how you build programs.”
The Bobcats are young this season, with four sophomores and a freshman filling out the roster. The team graduated two seniors last year and some upperclassmen chose not to play this season.
The returning sophomores are Nicole Vasquez, Rachel Van Fleet, Samantha Espinoza and Marisa Dove.
Freshman Brooke Schler is also playing this season. Other players could join the team in the next week or so, Chapman said.
“We have a young team, but I think they are excited and looking forward to the season,” Chapman said. “I am excited that they are excited. That is the key, to see them get excited about playing, then help them get out there and have fun.”