Randy Long has coached enough high school golf teams to know when he has a group with potential. At the beginning of the season, Long said he thought this season’s team had a higher ceiling than any other team in their division and that it was his job to help them get there.
So far, so good.
The White Pine High School golf team showed the coach signs that they could be a serious contender for state after putting up competitive scores in two separate meets held in less than a week.
The Bobcat golf team started their road trip with a meet at Round Mountain on Friday. The team finished second despite only traveling with five players due to several students being gone for Spring Break. Battle Mountain took their revenge on the Bobcats for beating them on their home course by winning the meet by over a 20-stroke margin but White Pine freshman golfer Collin Young spoiled their party just a bit by claiming his second individual win of the season with a 75. Young’s older brother Chris placed second in the meet with a 78.
But there was much more golf to be played as the Bobcats then traveled to the Mojave Resort in Needles, Calif. on Sunday for a test run on the course that will play host to this year’s divisional round.
White Pine stayed to compete in a another meet in Needles, this time on the school’s home course as part of a larger Arizona tournament over Monday and Tuesday. According to Long, the entire team played well, but Chris Young stood out during the first day where he shot a 69, the lowest score of any of the golfers in the tournament. The score was also the first time Young has finished in the 60’s in a meet.
“The other guys on the team really look up to him and always ask him what he shot during the meets,” Long continued.
The team totaled scores of 425 and 420 respectively at the two day meet, something Long said he is pretty excited about.
“Those are really competitive scores. if they can keep it up and continue to improve, people will need to watch out for us at state,” the coach said.
At least they will spend a little less time on the road this week as they will play host on their own course for a Thursday home meet at 10 a.m.