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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Wolves golf team adapts to snowfall

 

March 27, 2019

Clean-up from the recent winter storms began last week on the driving range at the Headwaters Golf Course. Voice photo by Melissa Jenkins

While the large amount of snow that fell in late February and early March has not made an easy first couple weeks of practice for the Three Forks High School golf team, the Wolves have adapted to their situation.

"The weather has certainly impacted our practices so far this year, but we are doing our best to keep the kids motivated and interested. We've been able to discuss the new rules changes that the USGA has made as well as working on our putting and chipping in the hallways," said head coach Aaron Harkins. "Just this last week we were able to take some full swings and hit some practice (whiffle style) golf balls around. The kids have been great at dealing with the weather and hopefully we can get on the course this year."

Around 25 golfers have turned out for the team, and according to Harkins this could fluctuate in the first few weeks.

"We were lucky this year to not only get some veteran players back but also quite a few newcomers as well," he said.

Harkins listed John Jennings, Riley Baker, Tanner Sayers, Colter Miller and Zach Pitcher as some of the solid core returning players for the boys, adding they have Makenzie Rowan and Sydney Whitesitt back for the girls team.

"We do have a decent amount of young players out and I'm excited to see what they can do. A lot of potential for sure," Harkins said.

Three Forks is scheduled to open their season with a junior varsity meet April 2 in Big Timber and a varsity tournament April 4 in Helena.

Harkins said he along with coaches (Terry Hauser and Matt Robb) are just hoping the snow melts so they can actually get the kids playing some golf.

"If we are lucky enough to get some of the early tournaments in, then we hope the teams just have fun and enjoy getting out on the course," he said.

 

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