Maryville boys golf had the opportunity to get a feel for the green over the last few weeks opposed to the indoor facilities.
Due to an exaggerated winter, the Spoofhounds had no option but to use the swing bays at the Mozingo Lake Golf Course. Coach Brenda Ricks said just how crazy of a start to the season this has been.
“You can’t begin to imagine how nice it is to finally get outside,” Ricks said. “Never in all of my coaching career can I remember a spring like this. … Once you’re able to get outside, you don’t want to go back to the swing bays.”
In the team’s most recent outing against conference foe Savannah April 3, Maryville put up some impressive performances. The nine-hole match between the Spoofhounds and Savages finished in a tie at 171 behind leading efforts from junior Trent Shell (37) and Savannah’s Zach Elgert (37).
Shell, who medaled at Savannah, feels as if that sets the precedent for the season at hand.
“It’s still the beginning of the season, but it shows me how far I’ve already come from last year,” Shell said. “That really motivated me to step up and keep getting lower scores and continuing to be a leader.”
Shell’s round of 37 led the charge for the ‘Hounds against Savannah. Seniors Matthew Madden and Connor Durbin both shot 44, freshman Trevin Cunningham shot a 46 and senior Peyton Frueh shot a 50.
Frueh’s 50 was thought to be the score the ‘Hounds needed to finish off Savannah. It was until the fifth-spot golfer for the Savages, Josh Hummer, hit a 49 to tie the match. The tiebreaker went to Savannah based on the scores of each team’s fifth golfer.
The loss, combined with another to Bishop LeBlond to start the year, drops Maryville to 0-2 in head-to-head matches this year.
Madden was a part of the successful 2017 team during his sophomore year, as well as earning All-State honors a season ago. Coming down the stretch of his high school career, the senior believes that this team is a lot closer and knows exactly what he expects for the rest of the year.
“I just feel like we’re definitely a lot closer. … We for sure rely on each other more as a team, and I feel like we’re more knit together,” Madden said. “I’d love to get All-State again, but I’d love to see us make it to state as a team.”
Despite the rough start, the Spoofhounds are looking to get back to par as they approach the bulk of their season. Upcoming weeks of conference play and tournaments are ahead, but they’ll face a familiar opponent in Bishop LeBlond, April 11.
Ricks has been at the helm of numerous successful teams while at Maryville. For Ricks, the team’s standard this season isn’t in doubt.
“I want to go to state as a team,” Ricks said. “When I look at this group of guys we have, I definitely think we can.”