Monday marked the first time the Lansing boys’ golf team practiced outside due to the weather keeping the team off the course in the first weeks of practices.

Head coach Bill Pekarek said a typical practice will consist of a group or two playing a round of golf with another five to eight practicing at the driving range and practice green.

The Lions will prepare for a season with a lot of familiar faces as nine of the 12 golfers return from last season, including four seniors. 

Pekarek said senior Jake Hamilton and juniors Jacob Litewski and Grant Schneider have improved their game a lot and will be a big part of the team this season.

This season marks the first year in the United Kansas Conference for the Lions. Pekarek said the team has their eyes on the tough competition from the new conference. 

“Well in our new league, De Soto has been very successful in golf over the years,” Pekarek said. “Basehor-Linwood and Shawnee Heights have also been very competitive in the last 10 years. We have our eyes on them and know we will need to improve in some areas to keep up with them. But anything is possible in one-day tournaments.”

The coach said he does not have a particular meet he is looking forward to. The Lions have eight regular season tournaments before regionals and state.

“So every tournament is important and showing improvement from the beginning of the season to the end of the season is what we strive for,” Pekarek said.

The golf season for the Lions will begin March 28 at Sunflower Hills Golf Course when the Lions play in a tournament hosted by Bonner Springs.

“We have a good group of guys out for golf,” Pekarek said. “And we are looking forward to watching them grow and succeed as players in this great game.”