Polson golf a work in progress
POLSON – After three straight years of Lady Pirates’ domination and three state titles, Polson’s golf teams are rebuilding this season. Despite a limited varsity team, Head Coach Bill Owens is ready to attack the season full speed ahead and hopes his young golfers gain the much-needed experience to possibly qualify for another State run.
Making some noise on the girls team are return players senior Peyton Anderson and junior Heather Frank; both qualified last season to compete at State, with Anderson busting into the top ten in seventh place.
Owens is also excited about up and comer Emily Davis, a freshman that according to Owens is “fairly new to the game” but is a hard worker and making progress, and sophomore Kiyara McCue who moves up to varsity after playing JV last year.
With only four girls on the varsity team, competition is more of a stretch for Polson’s Lady Pirates than it was last year.
“It puts us at a little bit of a disadvantage,” Owens said.
As for post season, Owens believes the girls have some work cut out for them with teams like Whitefish and Frenchtown laced with experience.
“I think they’ll have a shot, but they’ll have to play pretty well,” he said. “I think we’ll have to improve to qualify for State with our girls. I think we’ll have some that will qualify as individuals, but we will have to improve to make it as a team.”
For the boys, freshman Carson McDaniels has been the most consistent for the Pirates, placing third at Anaconda’s Old World Open and just making the top ten in 10th place at the Missoula Invite earlier in the season.
Return players in the boys group include Reno Lindesmith, whom Owen said is “playing pretty well and is hoping for good things out of him this year,” and Curtis Capedeville, also returning off of last season’s varsity roster.
Postseason outlook for the boys is positive for Owen as he anticipates at least a second place in districts to qualify the team for State.
“I’m just excited about my kids because they are working hard and they’re buying into what we are offering as far as technique and things like working at the facets of the game,” he said. “They’ve been really good at being teachable, and I’m looking forward to the improvements that I think we can make.”
Polson golf will continue with their season at the Libby Invitational to be held in Libby Sept. 12.