There is disappointment with the cancellation of the boys’ golf season, but not all is lost for the three Montgomery County golf teams.
“Golf is kind of a unique game because in order to practice and get better you just play,” Crawfordsville golf coach Tom Perkins said. “It’s not like baseball or soccer where you have to have the team there to do drills. And that’s where we have the advantage.”
After the Athenians had just four golfers last season, there numbers grew to double-digits this season, and they will have everybody back in 2021.
“I will have everybody back,” Perkins added. “The kids have really bought in to what we’re trying to do. It wasn’t all about the record last year, it was about starting the program from the ground up and just getting it started.”
Southmont had just a pair of seniors, and coach Bill Whalen felt like the Mounties would have been one of the most competitive teams in the area.
“I felt that our team this year would have been very competitive for the area,” he said. “We had four of our top five returning from last year and also a very good freshman class coming in.”
Whalen said while the situation surrounding COVID-19 is most heartbreaking for the seniors, all athletes are affected by a lost season.
“There is no red-shirting in high school and everyone only gets four years,” he said. “Losing any of those four years is tough for all athletes to deal with.”
North Montgomery had just one senior out for the spring season, and coach Nick Johnson has already started encouraging his players, both boys and girls to continue to work on their game.
“Obviously more disappointed for the kids,” he said. “I have talked personally with a few of them and told them this is the time to improve for both the boys and the girls. Without a doubt they have the opportunity right now to get their ELearning done and come out and practice. The message has been the same, now is the time to work on short game and putting and then go out and play some holes.”