The Beaver Dam High School boys golf team hopes to tee it up at some point this spring with a lot of new faces competing for varsity spots. Boys golf teams in the state of Wisconsin were eligible to start practice on April 6th, but because of coronavirus that is on hold.
Golden Beaver boys golf coach Chris Smith tells DailyDodge.com that after graduating a good group of seniors, he expected to have around 15 players in the program this year. The 3rd year coach says that senior Nick Kuntz and sophomore Ben Nortman were his top two returning players with varsity experience heading into the spring. Smith said it was going to be fun to watch a large group of younger players compete for the final three spots on the varsity.
With no access to golf courses, Smith says that he has set up a Google classroom to keep in in contact with his team and give them some things to do on their own. Smith adds that the nice thing about golf is that if all you have is a putter and a ball you can roll putts somewhere in your house. He also says that chipping in your yard is also an option because if your short game is on point you can save a lot of strokes.
As for the Badger Conference, Smith says that the league is super competitive. Last year, Waunakee, Mount Horeb and Reedsburg battled for the league title, with Waunakee coming out on top. He says that just seven points separated 4th though 7th place.
The Golden Beavers 1st match of the year was schedule for this Wednesday against Waunakee, but at this point Smith hopes the WIAA can find a way to get some sort of a season in. The University of Wisconsin has already stated that they will not host the WIAA State Boys Golf Tournament in June at University Ridge. If the season is restarted and a state tournament was scheduled it would have to be at a different venue.
Old Hickory hosts the Beaver Dam boys varsity golf team while Beaver Dam Country Club’s hosts the JV’s practices.
Click the link below to hear a full interview with Beaver Dam boys golf coach Chris Smith.