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Under-Appreciated Sports: Golf

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2017-2018 School year girls varsity golf team; (from left to right) Ashleigh Nader, Cami Englebert, Mallory Franke, Helena Howard

Ella Barrett, Enterprise Reporter

    While Paschal has a winning volleyball team and a football team on the rise, people tend to forget about some of our other sports like swim and golf. Golf is among the “under-appreciated” sports here at Paschal, and in this piece, they are going to be highlighted.

     Coach Mark Furtick has been the head coach of the golf team at Paschal for 18 years with Jay Stuckey as the assistant coach. In his time here, the golf team has been successful and is continuing to be.

    “It is hard to compare what we do with the larger sports of football, baseball, basketball, or soccer,” Furtick says, explaining why he feels that golf is not under-appreciated.

    “Each of those sports involve fans sitting in bleachers cheering, the only fans our golfers see during a 5-hour round of tournament play will be their parents or coaches.”

    While golf is sometimes considered a “lonely” sport, Furtick says that they try to keep practices fun. The players regularly compete against each other to keep each other motivated.

    The golf team’s ultimate goal is to compete in the State Tournament, which takes a lot of hard work, but Furtick says that he likes the team’s chances of making it.

    For the players, Mondays and Fridays consist of sprints, conditioning, and core workouts and Tuesdays through Thursdays are practice on the golf course. In addition to that, they take advantage of optional weight room and hitting room practices before school.

    “When you watch athletes put up this kind of effort and commitment for an entire year, you can’t help but be confident [in their abilities].”

 

Paschal Golf Schedule

Date                         Team                      Course                    Tournament


October 8-9            Var. Boys              Southern Oaks        Centennial Invitational

October 8-9            Var. Girls              Southern Oaks        Centennial Invitational

October 19-20        Var. Girls              Cleburne Links       Cleburne Fall Classic

October 24             Fr/JV Boys (2)     Southern Oaks        Burleson JV Invitational

October 26-27       Var. Boys               Squaw Valley          Cent. Invitational

November 2-3       Var. Boys               Tangle Ridge          Texas 2 Step

                                                                 Southern Oaks

November 5           Fr/JV Boys (2)    Diamond Oaks        Cent. Tournament

November 9-10     Var. Girls             Cottonwood            CTSO