Boys’ golf takes first at Old Hawthorne match


Katie Whaley

The boys’ golf team played April 26 at Old Hawthrone Country Club. The team came out victorious with a low combined score of 158, beating their opponents: Jefferson City High school, Hickman High School, Battle High School and, the peskiest rival, rain.
“Overall, we played pretty well considering the cold windy rainy conditions. When the weather gets rough, it’s harder to grip the club, and it’s harder to concentrate because you’re wet and cold,” head coach Austin Reed said. “[the RBHS boys] kept up a good attitude even though they were cold and wet. That’s a positive.”
For junior Hudson Dubinski, the match was an overwhelming amount of positive. Despite the groggy weather, he said his personal game went smoothly from tee box to cup and that made him ecstatic.
“I played pretty solid today, but the conditions were tough because it was cold and rainy,” Dubinski said. “‘I missed quite a few putts so that was probably my biggest weakness. I’ll work on just touching up my driving and putting.”
Sophomore Ross Steelman feels similarly about the way he played but focuses on what he need to improve for the next match.
 “I played well. I did almost everything alright today, hit a lot of good shots, some good chips and good putts,” Steelman said. “I’m going to keep working on consistency off the tee. Sometimes I get out of my groove and I need to work on staying consistent.”
In all, Reed wants the boys to learn from each match on how to develop their skills for the next one. Their next match is the district championship, a competition they have won since 2010, excluding last season, and Reed is ready for the boys to compete and take home another district win.
“I just want them to get ready for districts which is next week. We have a practice round on Sunday and will help to see the course and I want the guys talking about it and figure out how to best attack it,” Reed said. “Me advice? Just relax.”
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