Brainerd Golfers' Season Under Way

Hosted McCallie JV in initial match Wednesday

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

For the Brainerd boys’ golf team it was a combination of first match smiles and first match nerves.

Playing its first match in close to three decades, Brainerd hosted McCallie junior varsity Wednesday afternoon at the Brainerd Golf Course.

 “I had a lot of fun, did well on a few holes and found out that playing in a match that counts is harder than you would think as compared to just practicing,” said senior Tyree Stubbs with a smile.

“The best part of my round was my putting,” said Stubbs who had the low round of the day (52 for nine holes) among his Panther teammates as he registered the team’s only bogey with a two-putt green on the Par-3, second.

While not winning any of the six matches, the Brainerd players found a few good shots to be pleased with and look forward to their next match with Chattanooga Central Wed Sept. 4 at Brainerd.

Even though the bad shots outweighed the good ones over nine holes, Brainerd coach Kevin Kauchak was pleased with the first match.

“I am glad we got our feet wet with a match that counts and there is no doubt we jumped in the deep end by playing the McCallie  JV team,” said Kauchak with a laugh.

“I might have been more nervous than the players as I got hardly any sleep Tuesday night.”

One player who struggled with this new sport most of the afternoon, but finished on a high note was sophomore Micah Darden who also plays in the marching band on Friday nights during football season.

On the Par 3  6th, a big smile came across his face as his 7-iron shot from the rough found the green in two.

“By far that was my best shot of the day,” said a happy Darden.

For Darden, Stubbs and their teammates it’s now back to practice in hopes of multiple  “best shots of the day” in next week’s match.


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