The Eads High School Boys’ Golf team will consist of six members this year as 12th year head coach Justin McLoud will return three regional qualifiers, two seasoned underclassman and one freshman to the team.
Junior Brentley Lening has been the #1 golfer for Eads and as a sophomore last year was right in most of the tournaments until he had an arm injury that ended his season. He’s back after a summer on the links and should be one of the area golfers to watch.
Also returning are senior John Brown who qualified for the regional tournament last year making big gains in his game in the past two seasons; and Kit Carson sophomore Brennan Framel who was on the varsity team a year ago as a freshman and has spent the summer playing a lot of golf.
Two JV golfers from a year ago, sophomore Colin Nelson and sophomore Aaron Musgrave, who has moved to McClave High School from Eads, will be back in the high school golf action again this year hoping to make a varsity position. Both Nelson and Musgrave gained a lot of experience golfing in JV tournaments and in a few varsity tournaments last year.
Finally, Eads welcomes one rookie freshman to the team. Karsten Buller will be dual participating in golf and football for Eads.
Coach McLoud is seeing some good things in practices with this year’s group and has high expectations for them, “I’m hoping to see the boys take the next step this year in competing for team titles and individual medalist honors. I’d like to see Brentley and Brennan have a great year on the links. They’ve put some time in over the summer and just need to have the confidence to trust their game. We are going to have a great competition for the last two spots on the Varsity team this year. JB, Colin, and Aaron have a good chance for those spots along with freshman, Karsten Buller. Karsten has shown some good signs in the early part of practice this year.”
The high school golf season is always a short one. It starts early and ends early. Eads starts the season at the annual Fowler Invitational Tournament on Thursday. Then next week they will be in Burlington on August 16 and the Cheyenne Wells Tournament on August 19. Then towards the end of August on the 26th Eads will host their own Eads Invitational Tournament at the Eads Golf Course.
The Regional Tournament has always been at HollyDot in Rye, but unfortunately this year they have moved the tournament clear over to Cortez which will require overnight stays for many of the teams on the eastern side of the state. Most don’t like this move including McLoud who said, “I’m not real happy about that for the traveling and having to miss 3 out of 4 school days.”
More and more so, this area is starting to develop some good golfers. Within the 3A Region 1 the top teams this year should be La Junta, Cheyenne Wells and Las Animas, but if just a couple of the Eads golfers work themselves into the kind of golf-game they are capable of, the Eagles could be right in the hunt.
The top returning golfers from Region 1 include senior Justin Paolucci (La Junta), sophomore Nick Paolucci (La Junta), senior Blake Gilmore (Cheyenne Wells), junior Carson Noe (Cheyenne Wells), sophomore Damien Baca (Las Animas) and senior Blake Buchner (Fowler).
Over the weekend the team held the second of two fundraisers they had scheduled in order to raise money to pay for their team polos, hats and help with the travel expenses for the year. They sold Fan Cloth gear for their first fundraiser and then sponsored their Annual Chipping Contest during the 2-day Jimmie Patterson Memorial Golf Tournament at the Eads Golf Course.