Bayard looks for improvement this season
     2013-04-04      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/ Gering Citizen - The Bayard boys golf team front row from left is Tyson Schmunk, Nick Lopez, Manuel Acosta, Joe Hernandez, back row from left: Richard Kadayso, Ethan Marker, Conner Kildow, Trey Blanco, and Chandler Cox. 
When Bayard boys’ golf coach Jim Roberts looks at his team, he sees the potential to win their conference championship and finish among the top three teams that will go the state.

So far, the team has competed against Alliance, both home and away, prior to opening the season on April 2 for their home invitational, which brought in 13 teams from around the area.

“We have a group of four or five upperclassmen on the team this year,” Roberts said. “The other half of the team is all freshmen. So we have a group of mentors and a group of enthusiastic starters.”

Roberts added he’s looking for a couple of the freshmen to help fill in on the number four and five spots on the team. “That will give them some good experience and hopefully help us out as the season rolls along to the end.”

Senior Tyson Schmunk is expected to not only to score well this season, but provide leadership for the younger golfers. Assisting in that leadership is junior Trae Blanco, who Roberts said will also turn in some good scores.

Last year’s boys’ team brought home some individual medals, but always seemed to finish one out of the team medals.

“We’re looking for better finishers than just the middle of the pack for this year,” Roberts said. “I think we have to potential to be in the running for the conference championship, which would lead us into a good showing at districts and potentially a berth at state.”

Bayard competes in the Western Trails Conference, whose members are primarily Class C-1 schools.

“The tournaments we really like are Bridgeport and Mitchell because they’re close and the meet is with teams we usually compete with in our conference,” Roberts said. We also like to go to Chappell because we see some teams that are in our district, but teams don’t normally play during the season.”

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