Stephens County’s golf teams expect great things this season.
After back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012, coach Sean Hushbeck hasn’t been able to sustain the success for girls golf at Comanche.
Still, he is excited for the season to start given the similarities between this year’s team and the one in 2009 that started the success.
“We were kind of in the same boat,” Hushbeck said. “We had girls who had played, but we hadn’t had much success.”
Junior Brittany Doucet leads that group as she fulfills an entirely new role on this Indians team.
“She’s a girl who just had to wait her time,” Hushbeck said. “We’re hoping she can step up an improve her game.”
Joining her will be sophomore Baylee Fulford, who also plays on the girls basketball team, which Hushbeck coaches as well. He has high expectations for her after she did well in junior high golf, but struggled in high school tournaments.
“It’s a big responsibility, but also a big opportunity,” Fulford said. “It’s big shoes to fill. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and commitment.”
The top three spots on the Velma-Alma boys golf team are secure.
Senior Alan Beck is the lone returning senior. He’s played all four years and been in the top five for the team since he was a freshman.
Sophomore Trevor Morrison earned a spot on the top five last year as well. Matt Treadwell resumes his spot too. After that, it’s up in the air.
“I wouldn’t begin to say who would be the next two,” coach Greg Gothard said. “I’ve got a handful of kids, who I haven’t really seen play.”
The Comets made the state tournament last year, and Gothard hopes to continue the success. Given the inexperience he thinks a return trip will be difficult, but not impossible.
“That’s a worthy goal for us,” Gothard said. “It pretty hard to get there.”
Senior Bita Humphreys leads the Lady Comets into the 2014 golf season.
Humphreys qualified for state last year as an individual. Humpreys hopes that she can make a retun trip, but with her team this time.
“I’m just so thankful that there are some freshman that are stepping up and that are going to be able to play,” Humphreys said. “We never had a team before, and it would be awesome to go to state as a team”
Humphreys joins Jessy Anderson as the lone two returning starters. Coach Lacy Darity wants to see the two improve, starting with keeping their performance level high from hole to hole and tournament to tournament.
“That’s the name of the game in golf, to go out there and be consistent each time you play,” Darity said. “They’ll provide good leadership for the younger kids we have coming up.”
Notes: Details on the Marlow golfers and Comanche boys will appear in a future edition of The Duncan Banner.