The Cimarron Bluejays girls golf team has some big goals, but also big obstacles to accomplishing those in 2018.
“I’m hoping that this year, and (the players) do too, that we can qualify our team (for State), but I also realize that we’re in probably toughest if not the toughest regionals that there is in the state,” Cimarron head girls golf coach John Mowry said. “There’s a lot of fine-moving parts to qualify in our area.”
The team consists of six golfers with which to attempt to make it through. Freshman Brielle Lynn and sophomore Morgan Herkelman make up the team’s youth.
The others are all veterans. Aspen Bell, Grace Greene and Sydney Moler are all seniors, with Bell having qualified as an individual and finished tied for 38th at state last year. The team is rounded out by its lone junior, Kacee Coast, who has been the team’s No. 1 golfer the last two years, Mowry said.
It’s an experienced group of upperclassmen, Mowry said, with three of the four having competed at state at one point or another in their careers.
With lofty goals, however, come lofty requirements in the effort department.
“That’s wonderful: I want ‘em to have those goals and I want ‘em to work toward those goals, but the key to it is you’ve got to work toward ‘em,” Mowry said. “Goals are just words. We’ve got to do those finer things, those smaller things, and be very intentional about focusing on small things, and I think they have a pretty good idea of what I’m talking about.”
That understanding hasn’t always been there.
“In the past I think they were more hoping to do it than actually believing that they could,” Mowry said. “A couple of ‘em did know that they could do it, but again, golf is a very finicky sport, it’s probably one of the most technical sports I’ve been around, and if you don’t focus on it on a regular basis, then things can turn about real quick.”
It’s taken time for the team to get to where it is now, a place where winning is not necessarily the exception but the expectation, and where the players are generally far enough in their training as golfers that coaches can work with them on the finer details of their game.
Getting there takes time, Mowry said, and doing so is a process.
He said he sees a little more determination this year. It’s hard to base it on only the two practices he’s seen, but Mowry said the kids look more serious about their game compared to a year ago.
“This summer they got out and golfed more,” Mowry said. “The key is did they golf enough? We don’t know, and it doesn’t make any difference at this point. We’ve gotta move forward.”
They’re also showing they’re receptive to what the coaches are trying to teach them.
“They’re excellent ladies to work with,” Mowry said. “They’ve got great attitude, and they know what my expectations are.”
The Bluejays open their season with a home tournament Aug. 28 at the Cimarron Golf Club in Cimarron, Kansas.