COLFAX — Just like many avid golfers around the area, members of the Colfax golf team hope they can get out to an area course soon to begin competing in matches. (The first one was scheduled for April 16 at Whitetail but it doesn’t appear the course will be dry enough to play on yet).
After tying for second place in the second year of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference last year, the Vikings placed second at the regional meet to advance to sectionals where they ended the season with an eighth place finish. Gone through graduation is All Conference golfer Clay Olson, while his brother, Lane, another AC player chose not to play this year.
Coach Vince Ross expects returning letter winners senior Dillon Lloyd and junior Whitney DeMoe to lead the team this year. Both were All Conference selections last year. Seniors Dillon Lloyd and Cody Zivcic should also be able to step up and contribute along with sophomore Grant Phillips. Rounding out the team are freshmen Trevor Seston, Trey Gullickson and Andy Buckley while another newcomer, exchange student Turan Aghabayli hopes to get some playing time in.
“Our team goals are to improve on consistency which will have to come by improving in practice,” Ross said. “Picking a safer or better percentage shot so we stay out of trouble for course management is also a key. If we are successful in these two areas our scores will be lower and that will give us a chance to win some meets. We would like to make it back to sectionals as a team. With four new faces on the team, it will be interesting to see how we do when we finally get on a course,” he added.
Ross expects Glenwood City to be the team to beat in conference this year since they have several returning players from last year.
“Glenwood has a real chance to make it to state this year,” he said. “And all of the teams in our conference have key players back so all the meets should be close.”