In the swing of things

Golf season is underway. The seasonal weather and heat of competition were in effect as both Broken Arrow squads were at it again last week, with the boys playing in a tournament in Norman and the girls competing in Jenks. The early tournaments in every season prove to be crucial later on in April and May. BAHS senior golfer Austin Allison knows that playing on a tough course, like the one in Norman, is valuable in March.

“The course in Norman prepared us for the rest of the season because that course is much harder than the courses we will play on later on in the season,” Allison said.

While the boys were in Norman, the girls were in Jenks, seeing their first action since before spring break. The girls hoped to shake off any rust and return to form as the season hits full stride. The girls did just that, as junior girls golfer Kailee Ernstsen and the rest of the team played very well on the South Lakes course on March 22.

“The team did well on its mental game staying calm and composed,” Ernstsen said. “We played the best we have as a team this year and several girls shot their personal best scores.”

There is a lot to take away from the tournaments this past week, namely how the players reacted to a tough course. Head boys coach Dakota Beller was proud of his team’s demeanor and is confident that the team will only improve from here.  

“They played hard and kept positive attitudes all day,” Beller said. “One area of improvement we are going to focus on most is our short game. We will be putting in a lot of work on and around the greens in the next couple weeks.”

The boys will play a home tournament at Forest Ridge on March 30 and April 1, and the girls will have two consecutive tournaments, Owasso and Stillwater, on April 3 and 4, respectively.