Out on the green, it seems like it’s a solitary sport. There are no play calls. No huddles. It’s quiet. It’s meditation. But as Woodward-Granger advances to districts after a strong showing at sectionals in Woodward, the Hawks haven’t felt more like a team this season, much to head coach David Combs’ hopes.
“It is pretty special to have a team move on to the next round instead of just individuals as golf is sometimes seen as an individual sport,” Combs said. “Today our program showed the value of how important we are as a team.”
At 368, W-G finished second overall behind Des Moines Christian’s final tally at 322. That didn’t come off a masterstroke from one person, but a tuned-in group. All four registered scores were not only season-best performances but career-best marks.
“In terms of our program philosophy, we focus on building toward the end of the year in order to play our best golf when its time to advance during playoff time,” Combs said. “The kids have done a great job continually working to improve and it showed today with four career lows from our four counting scores.”
They did just that as sophomore Coby Peters landed at the top of the class for the Hawks with a score of 87 followed by sophomore Trey Lettow’s 88 strokes. Peters knocked one stroke off his previous best from this season while Lettow’s score fell four notches.
The two combined for eighth and ninth place overall behind five DMC golfers in the top five with Nate Juffer and Matt Wynee in the lead at 79.
With adjustments for the course rating, senior Hunter Pifer and junior Brandon Worley also chopped down their previous records. With a card of 96, Worley’s best dropped by six strokes. Worley improved from 98 to 97.
Combined, the group was one of three teams with DMC and Roland-Story to advance to districts. They will convene on Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. at the Carroll Country Club.