Golf teams start season vs. Omak
With a couple of weeks of formal practice behind them, Quincy High School’s boys and girls golf teams get their season underway Tuesday with dual meets against Omak.
The non-conference matches begin at 2:30 p.m. at Colockum Ridge Golf Course south of Quincy.
Boys coach Chris Trevino has four returning varsity members this year. They are juniors Brendan Van Diest and Jesus Sosa and sophomores Trajan Trevino and Dawson Van Diest.
“These four guys played a lot of golf for us last year,” the coach said. “I really like Jesus. He started playing only last March. He’s young and inexperienced, but he has a nice baby draw.”
Sosa can belt the ball 260 yards on his drives, making him the distance leader on the team entering the season. Sosa said he was satisfied with his performance last season, but he wants to improve even more this year.
Trajan Trevino fashioned the lowest 18-hole score of any Jack golfer during 2015, a round of 85. That was a big improvement from his best score of 100 as a freshman.
Marlo Omlin, a junior, will spearhead the Lady Jacks golf attack this season. She started playing golf as a freshman and advanced quickly.
Omlin acknowledged she still has thoughts of barely missing the state tournament as a sophomore. She had already left the course after her state qualifying round, thinking she hadn’t made it.
However, she was called back to participate in a playoff for a spot at state.
“I wasn’t very focused,” she said. “We had to race back to the course.”
Omlin missed a critical putt to end her state hopes. The Lady Jack has made qualifying for state her top priority this year.
She took up golf because it’s a sport she can do her entire life.
“I have days when I’m better off the tee and in the fairway,” Omlin said. “I’m working on my short game.”
Coach Pat McGuire said his players have been practicing putting and chipping to get ready for the opener against Omak. With the exception of Omlin, the Lady Jacks will rely on girls who haven’t played golf before this year.
Asked how he can develop a competitive team with mostly newcomers, Murphy replied, “How we do it is we don’t have any choice.”
One of his tasks, Murphy said, is to build interest in golf among QHS girls. “We have to show them that golf is cool,” he said.