New coach is familiar face to Basehor-Linwood golfers
After serving as a pseudo assistant coach for the last few years, Bruce Courtney is the Basehor-Linwood boys golf team’s new coach this season.
He had unofficially worked as an assistant coach in recent years, and now takes over for Chad Harvey who stepped down after last season.
“Been around it and looking forward to the season, seeing how we play it out,” Courtney said of the upcoming season.
The team returns Chris Douglas, Bobby Courtney and Ryan Fritz as a nucleus from last year’s team. All three were letter winners in 2008. Courtney played at state last season and Douglas went as a sophomore. Jake Hattock also played some varsity golf for the team, and coach Courtney looks to build a team around this trio.
“Our expectations and our goals have been set fairly high,” he said. “We have got six kids that can put together decent scores and be riding on the heels of three returning letterman.”
In addition to Bobby Courtney and Douglas, the Bobcats have additional players who have competed in the postseason, albeit not at state.
“We have others who have experience in postseason tournaments,” Courtney said. “We should be able to do pretty well this season. We can throw in from there and see what happens. We have a good team that should be able to hold their own.”
So far, the Bobcats have not had a lot of practice time.
“Well, we dealt with some weather in the first week,” Courtney said. “Of course, with the basketball doing so well and going to state, we had some practices that were short because we let the kids go to those games. Then we had spring break and now are at it again. We have had good practices, but we’re not in the full swing of practices yet.”
The more rounds the players play, the better they will perform, Courtney said.
“We have not had a chance to get into the full swing yet, which is typical early in the season,” he said. “We just need to get in some rounds. We need to work on our games and start to feel good about things.”
The Basehor-Linwood golf team will compete in a junior varsity tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday at Sunflower Hills Golf Course. The team’s first varsity tournament is at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 2, also at Sunflower Hills.