First-year Lakeview High School Golf Coach Frank Logan was pleased with the performance of his young athletes at the first tournament of the season, held March 20 in Medford.
Two LHS golfers participated in the Centennial Tournament hosted by Cascade Christian High School, sophomore Tate Lightle and freshman Derrick Dunn.
“I was really impressed with how they handled themselves for the first time out,” said Logan. “Both of them had a few issues through the first nine holes, they were nervous and didn’t shoot as well as they could have, but then they settled down and shot fairly well through the back nine.”
It is a very young team in 2014, consisting of four freshmen and one sophomore, Lightle being the lone returner from last year’s squad. Logan is taking a cautious approach with his freshmen golfers, keeping most of them out of tournaments until they can prove they are ready to compete.
Freshman members of the golf team include Alec Henderson, Jack Burgoyne and Plau Brooks.
“I don’t want to just throw them to the wolves until they develop their game more,” said Logan in regards to his three freshmen that didn’t participate in the Centennial Tournament.
Dunn and Lightle are the two golfers with prior playing experience, and Lightle will be leaned on heavily to carry the team while the freshmen grow into their game, under Logan’s tutelage.
“The tournament was a real eye opener for Derrick (Dunn), that first time out is always tough dealing with the pressure of a tournament, but the kids had a great time,” said Logan.