The White Pine High School girl’s golf team has a small team and a short season, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to get better each week, coach Mark Dolezal said. Due to eligibility reasons, the team only sent two of its three golfers to a meet on Sept. 17 against five other schools in Battle Mountain.
Mikayla Dolezal led the team, shooting a 132 at the meet. White Pine golfer Mariah Anderson shot a 156.
Though they didn’t have the lowest scores of the meet, the coach said he was happy to see continued improvement out of his players, including Anderson, who had never golfed before the season began.
“She has improved quite a bit. Her first time out she shot a 180, so she’s already improved getting that to a 156,” Dolezal said.
“As for Mikayla Dolzal, she is getting better with each meet. She just needs more time on the course and I think she will see her scores drop rapidly,” DOlezal said.
Now three meets into his team’s season, Dolezal said he wishes more girls would come out for the team. The small number of players, combined with the lack of experience, means it will be more of a developmental year than a competitive one for the team the coach said.
“The lack of experience does hurt us. I wish we had more girls, who had played the game more, they could help lend their knowledge to the younger, inexperienced players. So having the smaller team hurts us in that regard,” Dolezal said.
Even without a larger team, Dolezal said his three golfers have shown promise on the greens. The effort in practice now is getting the ball to the green in fewer strokes.
“As a team, the girls have a pretty good short game,” the coach said. “Unfortunately we are just not getting the distance on our shots, so it is taking us several extra shots to get to the greens, but that is something that we are working on.”
The girl’s golf team will have a chance for a rematch against Battle Mountain on a familiar course on Sept. 25, as the team will host its sole home meet of the season at 10 a.m. Win or lose, Dolezal said he hopes his golfers will continue to get better, and maybe even find a passion for the game.
“Golf is an individuals sport,” he said. “How they place in a tournament isn’t as important as how they continue to improve as golfers. If you can get them hooked on the game, golf can become a lifetime sport these girls, and that is what we want to accomplish with our program.”