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Families rally behind effort to save golf

They want to ensure that their children have a chance to play


Here’s what’s at stake, according to one parent whose family has been impacted by Metro League golf and now by the BSD’s elimination of funding for the sport.READY TO PLAY - Westview senior Nick Baines and many other Metro golfers are hoping to tee it up again in 2013.

“We need to have golf. It builds character and honesty and integrity,” said Marlene Baines, whose son Nick will be a senior member of the Westview High boys golf team this spring. “I’ve watched my kids become such great young men, in part, because of the sport.”

Baines’ older son, Mitch — a 2010 Westview graduate — and his Wildcat team played to fourth place in the 2010 Class 6A state tournament, with senior Gabe Robles-Ellis winning an individual state championship along the way and Mitch Baines placing third.

Now, she wants son Nick (he qualified for state as an individual and finished 35th in 2011) to have that same opportunity in his final year of high school.

“He’s really looking forward to his senior year,” Marlene Baines said. “It’s tough to have this iffy senior season ahead, but we’re confident we’ll reach our goal. We’re pretty optimistic — now it’s just a matter of doing it.”