Despite being the only golfer representing White Pine High School on the course, Mackayla Dolezal turned in her best performance of the short season. Dolezal finished second in the individual scores, shooting a 105 amid the heavy winds at the home meet on Sept. 25.
Girl’s golf coach Mark Dolezal said that he was excited to see the progress she has made in such a short time frame.
“I think she was relaxed out there. Hopefully this is a confidence builder for her,” Dolezal said.
The two went out on the course the day before the home meet and worked on lining up shots. Mark Dolezal said he knew the wind was going to be a problem so he cautioned Mackayla to adjust accordingly, without overreacting. The pep talk turned out to be a winning strategy, as golfers from visiting high schools watched as their balls curved in the wind, often finding their way into the rough or sandtraps.
Dolezal was the only golfer of the three on the WPHS girls team to compete in the meet due to one being ineligible and the other having other extracurricular activities conflicting. But the familiarity of the home course provided all the company Dolezal ended up needing.
“There is definitely a home field advantage when it comes to the game of golf, so that helped her. But it doesn’t take away from her performance. She was really excited with how well she played,” Dolezal said.
Elko won the meet with a score of 446, defeating Wells by one point. West Wendover, Round Mountain, Battle Mountain and Mountain View also competed in the meet.
Mackayla Dolezal’s 105 was helped greatly by her improved putting game, her coach said. Having been a strength all season, Mark Dolezal said he hopes Mackayla’s short game can stay consistent through the team’s final meet before heading into the state championship.
“If she can keep the ball on the fairway then she continue to do well thanks to her short game,” Dolezal said.
The girl’s team will travel to Round Mountain for their final conference meet of the season on Oct. 2 before heading to the state championship at Eagle Valley Golf Course in Carson City on Oct. 12-13.