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Tee time for ACHS golfers

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Eagles golf team – short on participants, long on desire

FORT LUPTON – It’s early in the season. But two things seem to be sure things for Adams City golf coach Kyle Lauchmen.

He’s not sure how many players will show up for tournament play. Two – Zoey Sutherland and Jacelle Perez – played in the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference’s north area schools tournament at Coyote Creek Golf Course April 6. This is Sutherland’s first year at organized golf. It’s the third year for Perez.

And Lauchmen is happy with the progress his team is making, regardless of tournament participation.

“It’s nice to have girls returning each year,” said Lauchmen, who is in his second year as the coach of the girls squad. He’s also the coach of the boys soccer team. “At this stage, it’s important for us to enjoy the game, to come out and appreciate the game. It’s something they can take into their personal lives for when they become professionals. And it’s also another hobby for them.”

Perez finished with a 64-over total of 135. It was good for 10th place in the individual standings. As a team, the Eagles were sixth.

Lauchmen said he can’t take the same approach to girls golf as he takes with the Eagles’ soccer team.

“I have to keep things under control and understand the expectations,” he said. “This is more fun in a way. The girls are so supportive of each other. They want to do well, but they want to see the girls on the other team do well. They aren’t as aggressive as they are on the pitch. It’s a nice change.

The Eagles have a unique arrangement with Buffalo Run Golf Course.

“It’s a great partnership. They give us a free bucket of balls and nine holes of golf for free,” Lauchmen said. “If they want to go on their own, it’s $7 for nine holes.”

The first major (all-EMAC schools) tournament is at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 12, at Legacy Ridge Gold Course in Westminster.

“I want to make sure the girls have some fun, that we aren’t extending practice times and not getting down on ourselves,” Lauchmen said. “We’re positive all the time.”

 

Contact Sports Editor Steve Smith at ssmith@metrowestnewspapers.com.