Team has 28 turn out this year, but many of them are newcomers
The Scappoose High golf team had a good turnout this year and opened their season with an early match at the Wildwood Golf Course on Tuesday March 15 against Banks.
Coach Jeff Mapes is happy with the showing of 28 and the talent.
'I'm pleased with what I've seen so far,' he said. 'Our players come to practice no matter the weather and have slogged around in some pretty nasty rain and wind in just our first two weeks.'
Mapes said he has two returning starters on the team-sophomore Nick Nguyen and senior Zach Zang. Two juniors, Cody Stutzer and Ryan Karp appear to round out the varsity line-up.
The coach added, 'We work a lot on the fundamentals of set up and so forth, but also on the etiquette and rules of golf so that our players represent our school well and retain their welcome at any course we visit.'
The team has been working hard and some, like sophomores Taylor Thomas, Alex Lukinbeal, Justin Olbrich, and Nguyen, 'just love the game and hope to practice until dark every night, no matter the weather,' Mapes noted.
He added that senior, Kyler Adkins and juniors, Alex Lachance, Grayson Schillereff and Jeremy Powell have improved their games. He said he has 16 players that are new to golf, but senior Torin Huff, junior Nick Schillereff, and freshman Jerrid Heckman have played golf before.
Mapes said he had promised the new players that they'll get at least one competitive outing this season. The team has entered a couple of additional jayvee tournaments to provide more playing opportunities.
The coach said he was anxious to see how the team does in competition versus the more casual practice rounds.
'No matter our scores, this is a team that I know I'll enjoy and I hope they have as good of a time golfing for the next two months as I'll have coaching them,' he added.
The team has been practicing at both the St. Helens and Wildwood golf courses. Mapes said they have been extremely generous in helping them piece together five days of practice and hosting two matches.
Scappoose has almost two weeks off from competition after their match with Banks. They travel to Astoria for a match on Monday, March 28, and then host Tillamook on March 29. Their remaining matches are on the road.