The weather has made it difficult for the Basehor-Linwood boys’ golf team to practice to start the year.
According to head coach Cody Ziegler, the Bobcats postponed practice until Monday of this week.
“Honestly, without an indoor facility to use we simply had to postpone practice until Monday of this week,” Ziegler said. “Some of our kids have access to indoor facilities and have worked on their own, but we have just started working on the course as a team.”
The Bobcats enter the season with 16 players. Four of the 16 are returning letter winners, including two seniors.
According to Ziegler, the key golfers will include seniors Kobe Sifford, Brendan Smith, junior Austin Logsdon and sophomores Joey Langstraat and Wyatt Powell.
Ziegler said that Langstraat was the only state qualifier last year as a freshman and is battling injuries early in the season. He said the ability to find the fifth and sixth player will be a huge key with this year’s group.
With the team being so experienced, Ziegler said they have lofty goals this year, including going to state.
“Because we have an experienced group we have some lofty goals,” he said. “We finished one stroke away from going to state last year so the guys are extremely motivated to do their part to give us another chance of getting to Dodge City. We would like to win our league, finish in the top two at regionals and go to state.”
This year will mark some changes for the program. The Bobcats will host a meet at Falcon Lakes on April 22 for the first time. The coach said the team is looking forward to playing on the course, hosting the tournament and working with the “great people” at Falcon Lakes.
The season will also mark the first in the new United Kansas Conference and the first season in 5A after the Bobcats moved up a class in the fall.
Ziegler expects the impact of 5A to be about the same, especially with defending 4A champion Andover Central also in 5A this year.
“As far as (the UKC) is concerned, it will be a bit different,” Ziegler said. “We have league favorite Shawnee Heights in the mix. We won't know about 5A regionals for awhile so it is hard to know exactly where we need to be to get our guys to Dodge City this year. We are simply focused on what we can control – our mental toughness and understanding the game one shot at a time.”
The Bobcats open their season March 28 at Sunflower Hills Golf Course in Bonner Springs.