Golf team approaches the end of an abbreviated 2019 season
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
The varsity girls golf team from Grayling High School wrapped up a limited regular season last week with a meet vs. Ogemaw Heights at the Grayling Country Club. The program was low on numbers all year and faced the possibility of having its season canceled. The team did not play a full schedule.
“We did everything we could this year to keep this going and not have to cancel the season,” Coach Brad Duncan said.
Coach Duncan said the squad has four girls total, but during its meets this year, the team never had its full group. Grayling’s home meet on Wednesday vs. Ogemaw Heights featured three Viking golfers, and prior meets for Grayling included one, two, or three competitors for GHS.
“We had two players to start the season. We picked up the other two at freshman orientation,” Coach Duncan said.
This year’s squad featured Aaliyah Essmaker, Joslynn Rennie, Jasmyne Schmidt, and Paige Barkway. Essmaker and Rennie had previous varsity golf experience going into the season, and Schmidt and Barkway were new to the program.
Coach Duncan said the players made progress during the abbreviated 2019 season.
“They’ve come a long ways. They’re definitely making progress,” Coach Duncan said.
Due to its low player numbers, the Vikings did not post an official team score at any of its meets this year. A team score in varsity golf consists of four individual scores added together; squads can have six players compete at meets and use the best four. The two unused scores serve as tiebreakers when necessary.
Coach Duncan said he’s hoping to recruit more players for next year and get them on the course during the summer.
For this year, as of last Wednesday, the team did not have another regular season meet, but Duncan said the program was looking to add one prior to regionals, if possible.
The Vikings were slated to play in the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Region 19-4 tournament on October 8 at Eagle Glen Golf Course. The tournament, according to the MHSAA, featured Charlevoix, Clare, East Jordan, Farwell, Kalkaska, Grayling, Harbor Springs, Leland, Manistee, Petoskey St. Michael Academy, Pinconning, Standish-Sterling Central, and Traverse City St. Francis.