The Leavenworth Pioneers girl’s golf team experienced multiple hurdles in their 2018 season but came out with a future looking bright for the program.

This year’s team had two seniors, a sophomore and five freshmen. Head coach Jon LeBar said the team would mostly take four golfers to varsity tournaments due to the seniors being the only girls with experience. 

Along with the young team, another factor this season was the weather. 

“Weather seemed to be a factor in almost every tournament this season,” LeBar said. “Between the rain and wind, they also had to deal with some pretty chilly temperatures, especially toward the end of the season.”

One of the tournaments that weather played a factor in was the regional tournament. Originally scheduled for Oct. 8, the event was pushed back to Oct. 11. Six of the eight regional tournaments in 5A and 6A were either delayed or called due to weather. 

The Pioneers also jumped up to 6A in September. LeBar said the jump made a big difference for regionals.

“Going back up to 6A was the not the best thing we could ask for,” LeBar said. “It made a big difference for where we were placed and the teams that were in (regionals).”

Despite the challenges, LeBar said he saw consistency from freshman Chloe Herring and improvement from freshmen Amy Fought, Charlae Gau and Megan Jensen during the season. He said he is hopeful the girls can get a lot of rounds in over the summer and will come back next year more confident and ready to contribute.

He also said he saw a lot of improvement from Virginia Perry.

“The most improved was probably Virginia Perry, a sophomore,” LeBar said. “It showed that she had a few lessons and had played over the summer. Between freshman and sophomore year is usually where I see the most improvement for the girls.”

Perry will be the eldest golfer on the team next year with Grace Mefford and Chloe Snow graduating. LeBar said Perry could be the leader of the team and the improvements that the freshmen made this season makes for a bright future for the program. He said an early goal for next year will be to come out improved and stronger.

“Early goals for next year will be for everyone to show improvement and come in a little stronger,” LeBar said. “We should be young but we should have a good nucleus.”