Molalla golfers waiting to get started
The Molalla boys and girls golf teams will get their seasons underway after Spring Break, with a Tuesday, April 3, trek at Arrowhead Golf Course.
This year's program has 10 boys and seven girls out. This year's turnout has an international flavor Sukrit Hintami, and exchange student from Thailand, is on the squad.
On the girls side, Emma Nelzen is the top returner, but coach Patrick Tindall notes that "only a couple of the girls have varsity experience."
For the boys, three return with varsity experience, but only two have played at the district tournament.
"Ben Daniels and MIchael Kemp are our top players, and can be expected to shoot competitive scores," said Tindall. "Brice Sperl, Isaac Vansmoorenburg, Austin Soderburg, and Tom Ellis should round out the varsity."
Tindall noted that as the team eyes its first event, it's a young team.
"We have only been practicing a week, really," said Tindall. "Just kind of knocking the rust off, but there is real promise there."
Tindall said that "we had a lot of people working or spread out distance-wise, so our offseason preparation was pretty minimal."
He did say that Kemp got to play in at least one pro-am tournament, "which should really benefit him. A least three of our new players got lessons from PGA certified pros, so that will help as well."
But as the season dawns, there are some issues within the league that concern Molalla's coach.
"What concerns me most is that at least two teams from our league are not fielding teams, so we will be going to two less matches, and since there is a conflict between the matches hosted by two of our league teams, we miss a match there as well," Tindall said. "We have put out inquiries, but so far, we still have a couple empty weeks in our schedule. That puts us at a real disadvantage as far as getting ready for districts and state."
Tindall added that some of that is mitigated by the support the team is getting from Arrowhead Golf Course.
"They are beyond generous with access to top notch practice facilities, along with one of the top golf courses in the state," he said.