The only driving being done by the Hastings boys golf team is taking place on the course itself. At last week’s season-opening match, Hastings’ lineup was so young, there wasn’t a single player on varsity that was old enough to have a driver’s license.
If all goes as planned, it is going to be one very good year for the Hastings boys golf team.
It will also be a year with a number of underclassmen playing big roles for the Raiders. Coach Pete McGinnis has all kinds of varsity experience returning. The one strange part about all that experience is that most of it comes in the form of freshmen and an eighth-grader.
Approximately 45 boys are out for the team.
Many Hastings coaches this spring are working with youthful and inexperienced teams.
Nobody, though, has a team more youthful than girls golf coach Becky Hartung.
She has just one senior, no juniors, just four sophomores and just four freshmen. The rest, all 24 of them, are eighth-graders and seventh-graders.
Hartung sees the youthfulness as a real opportunity for the Raiders.
“I’m looking at it like the future is going to be bright,” she said. “We have a lot of kids who could, if they stick with it, be really good in the future.”
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