The freshly cut grass, the sound of a metal club striking a plastic ball and the great sigh of relief when you sink a putt. That’s right, Boxer golf is back in action.
Richard Warren, the head golf coach for the men and women’s golf team, is excited to be back on the course with his athletes. He is entering his 22nd season as the head coach and is happy to be back considering the abnormal season. Even though there is covid still lingering, this season is just like any other for him.
“There isn’t really a change in our practices this year. We have to wear masks and make sure everybody is at a safe distance from each other but other than that this is just a regular season.” said Warren
Two weeks ago Warren coached the women’s golf team at the Pacific Invitational on Feb. 27 and 28. The team placed 4th in the invitational in their first time competing in over a year. “It was great getting back into competition. I was very impressed with the team, we had some comfortable scores but not bad for their first time back.” said Warren
Satcia Sarty is a freshman on the team. It has been a weird season since coming in as a freshman she had no idea what to expect with covid. “It takes a lot of self discipline to keep practicing without knowing when you’ll be able to go out and compete.” said Sarty
She was able to compete in her first collegiate golf tournament at the Pacific Invitational and she was just happy to be able to be back on a golf course again. “The tournament wasn’t my best but it was so much fun to be competing again. Even though I was a little disappointed in myself I was just really happy to be back on the course again.” said Sarty
The men’s golf team competed at the George Fox Invitational in Newberg, OR where they also placed 4th. Sophomore Matthew Zaback placed 16 in the tournament and just like everybody on the team he was just happy to be back playing golf again.
“Everyone on the team can agree that it was great to be back in competition. Like anything there was an adjustment period but it was a good experience moving forward.” said Zaback
Zaback also applauded the way the coaching staff has adjusted and been helping them through this weird season. “Coaches have been great keeping us tested, masked, sanitized and symptom checked. They have been really flexible and helped us have an enjoyable season despite everything going on.” said Zaback
You can catch the men and women’s next tournament on March 27th and 28th when they compete at the NWC Fall Classic at the Reserve Vineyard in Aloha, OR. They will be taking all the teams in the Northwest Conference. — Rustin Williams
Photo: Matthew Zaback placed 16 at the George Fox Invitational (Kip Yoshimura)