8/23/2013 6:01:00 AM Kingman's golfers young, yet focused
Kingman High senior Josh Schanaman prepares to hit a long drive at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course on Thursday. KHS opens the season at Flagstaff next Tuesday.
Matt Hollinshead Miner Staff Reporter
KINGMAN - The Kingman High School boys golf team may be building from the ground up with a younger and less experienced roster, but coach Guy Hartnett is confident that he'll see results.
"It seems like a real good group. They're willing to learn, willing to listen," Hartnett said of his 2013 roster.
Senior Josh Schanaman and junior Brandon Matschke will take on leadership roles this year.
While senior Kyle Kemp is a newcomer to high school golf, Hartnett said Kemp will also have a definite impact.
Those players will likely be Hartnett's top three guys when KHS walks onto the tee. The final two spots in the first unit of Kingman's depth chart remain up for grabs.
"We're just going to have to kind of work that No. 4 and 5 player in. Everyone's going to get a chance to play throughout the season," Hartnett said.
Schanaman, Matschke and Kemp are also expected to mentor the newer and less experienced in areas like course management and getting around the course properly.
That should help quite a bit, given that many of the newer players didn't start playing golf as toddlers.
Hartnett feels it will make the transition to high school-level golf and beyond easier.
"It's real helpful if I can have those guys mix and match if we go out and play, if we're up at the range," Hartnett said. "It's going to be a process and take time. This is a sport that takes a while to grasp, but I love the attitude of the players. I want to try to keep them going and build interest.
"Golf's something you can do your whole life. It's a good skill and activity."
Most of the new guys are freshmen. One thing KHS will work on is helping the freshmen adapt. That's where guys like Schanaman will come in to help assess the not-to-distant future.
"It's kind of nice to be able to pass on information. Golf is supposed to be for fun, supposed to clear your mind. But the competitive aspect is always in it," Schanaman said. "We need to get that encouragement. There's going to be mistakes where you just barely tap it and you're like, 'Oh, crap, I could've done better than that. It only went five feet.' It's just being able to see that ball fly and get onto the green."
KHS opens the 2013 season at Flagstaff next Tuesday.