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Cloverdale golfers compete at Northview Invitational

Amanda York

The Cloverdale boys golf team competed in the Northview Invitational Saturday, finishing in seventh as a team.

“Given the spring we have had, I was pleased with many things we did,” Clover head coach Doug Wokoun said. “The course was much drier than expected, so the drainage work done there last summer certainly improved course conditions. It was pretty cold, and at times the wind was pretty uncomfortable. Some very good golf was played in spite of those things.

The Clovers were led by Drew Boyette with an 83, followed by Jason Miller carding a 95, Tyler Harrison 98, Michael Holsapple 101 and Wyatt Helterbrand 102.

“Drew has some putting difficulties, but otherwise played a pretty good round,” Coach Wokoun explained. “I think he had a very good first outing, as there are some easy fixes he can make to drop his score. Since we have been pretty limited in practice opportunities this spring, he had a very encouraging start. He could very easily have shot 75 or 76, and I am confident that he will reach that level pretty soon.

“Jason and Tyler both had pretty good stretches of golf, punctuated by some tough hole,” Wokoun continued. “I think they demonstrated some things that they can build on, and elimination of some course management issues will help bring their scores down. Consistency within the round will be pivotal to their success this season.

“Michael was playing his first high school event. It has been a pretty difficult preparation this spring, but he did some very good things in his round. He will improve quickly as he gains experience, and the weather gets better. He had a couple of stretches of very good play.

“Wyatt did some very good things, but also suffered from some drastic inconsistency. He played about 13 holes very well, but the other five were filled with frustration,” Woukon noted. “His game has improved significantly, but we just need to string together a week of consistent practice and play to see the results.

“Generally speaking, we accomplished some important things. The lack of time on the course so far and the inclement conditions we have encountered have slowed our efforts. We finished Friday’s practice before the tournament in a pretty good snow squall, but our guys are showing pretty strong perseverance in coping with the obstacles. There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic after this effort, but we would all welcome some better weather this week.”

The Clovers will host the Linton-Stockton Miners on Thursday. Tee time is set for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Cloverdale will travel to Danville to compete in the Warrior Invitational, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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