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Mt. Zion Boys Golf aspires for history

By BLAKE FAITH
Staff Writer

The Mt. Zion Boys Golf team is eager for its season to start. The team’s overall goal is to win the Apollo Conference, win regionals and qualify as a team for the state tournament.

Head Coach Colby Burdick is entering his sixth year with the program. Burdick has two seniors on this team in Jake Driscoll and Brent Hansen. Driscoll and Hansen have similar goals for their senior seasons.

Driscoll wants to set a reputation for Mt. Zion Golf and as a team wants to get guys with individual scores of 76 to 79 on an 18-hole course.

We have two seniors coming back and we are a strong team,” Driscoll said. “We want to make it far in the postseason.”

Hansen has been working for this year, he said since he first picked up a golf club his freshman year. Hansen said that it is exciting that the team is coming together and that the team comes first. Both Driscoll and Hansen alluded to their goal to win the Apollo Conference.

Coach Burdick’s expectations for his seniors is for them to lead by example.

“Just lead by example, that everybody will come and work hard at practice every day,” Burdick said. “To fight all the way through in tournaments regardless of how they’re playing. Because we all understand how good we can be this year and we have a chance to win conference which hasn’t been done since 1998. And even win a regional which has never been done.”

The team played last season in a lot of nine-hole events and this year it will go back to 18-hole events. Coach Burdick said that the team is very happy to have a hopefully normal season.

Burdick has four slots filled in his lineup, but said that the lineup is wide-open to other players contending for those slots.

In the off-season, Burdick said that players played in a lot of tournaments and has stressed to his players to work on their short game and play in simulated pressure. The reasoning behind that is it’s a lot different in a match situation versus hitting shots on the course.

Burdick walked into rebuilding program and the overall message he wanted to send to readers and the community is that this team is not going away anytime soon and that there is a lot of talent being built up.

“We’re building a great program here,” Burdick said. “We’ve got to a point where we can compete with the best teams.”

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