Mitchell ready for successful golf season
     2013-04-04      By Jerry Purvis    news@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Mitchell Index - Members of the 2013 Mitchell boys’ golf team are front from left, Tristan Robles, Garrett Tinsley, Chase Watson, Luis Panduro and Peyton Briggs; back row, Dereon Betancur, Roy Adams, Calin Bosse and Coach Brock Ehler. Not pictured: Bo McVay. 
Tues. April 9 @ Home Mitchell Invite 9 a.m.
Thurs. April 11 @ Bridgeport 9 a.m.
Tues. April 16 @ Morrill 9 a.m.
Sat. April 20 @ Alliance 9 a.m.
Mon. April 22 @ Scottsbluff 9 a.m.
Fri. April 26 @ Chadron Western Conference Meet 9 a.m.
Sat. April 27 @ Bridgeport Western Trails Conference TBA
Thurs. May 2 @ Gering 9 a.m.
Mon. May 13 or Tues. May 14 Districts TBA
Tues.- Wed. May 21-22 State TBA

By After lots of practice, the Mitchell boys’ golf team opened on the road at Bayard on April 2, the start of what they believe will be a strong season.

“We have some returning juniors who have two years of experience,” said Coach Brock Ehler. “Another junior has one year of experience and he’s come a long way. We should have a good season and our scoring should be down a little from last year.”

Ehler said the two freshmen on the team are picking up the game quickly. One of them is in contention for the last spot on the starting team. “It’s real close after a couple of qualifiers, so we’ll see how it goes after our first tournament.”

Mitchell currently had six golfers contending for the five starter positions. A couple of them are also competitive for the 1-2 positions.

Ehler said his juniors were shooting from 115 to 120 when they started two years ago. Last year, they moved down to about 95 to 105. And in practice so far this season, they were turning scores around 85 to 90. One of the juniors, Peyton Briggs, shot par golf on nine holes and two over another time.

“Obviously we want to peak toward the end of the season,” Ehler said. “But it’s also important to have a good start to set a positive note.”

Last year, the Mitchell golfers finished third in their conference and about the middle of the pack in the C District tournament.
“This year we hope to finish in the top couple of teams in the conference and finish in the top third in the district,” Ehler said. “We want to set high expectations for a strong finish so the juniors will want to work hard in the offseason and look forward to next year.

The Mitchell golf team competes in the Western Conference with Class B schools and in the Western Trails Conference with Class C-1 and C-2 schools.


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