Golfers have rough start, but rookies are likely to improve

It wasn’t the start Sweet Home Golf Coach Tom Horn expected, but with three rookies on his varsity, things are likely to improve from the Huskies’ opening effort Thursday, March 19, at Crooked River, near Redmond.

The Huskies placed ninth out of 10 teams, all but Sweet Home from the Central Oregon area.

“It was a rough start,” Horn said. “We just played poorly.”

Summit won the tournament, with Sisters second and Crook County third. Sweet Home finished ahead of LaPine.

Travis Ramoz led the Huskies with an 89, driving well but having problems with his putter.

“Travis was very disappointed, as I was,” Horn said. “I thought he would shoot 10 shots better than that. He’s much better than he showed.”

Jake Riggs was second for Sweet Home with 95, after shooting a 45 on the front, but suffering through some penalty shots on the back nine.

Jason Rice, in his first varsity outing, shot 108, followed by Jerome Coleman (113) and Roman Kinney (115), who were dealing with nerves and penalty shots as well, Horn said.

Horn said the Crook River Gorge, which borders the golf course, caused some problems for his young golfers, who drove shots into the canyon and had to take dropped balls as a result.

“Each of them had something,” he said of the various problems experienced by the team.

The Huskies play Thursday at Bandon.

“They’re young,” Horn said. “I saw some really great shots out of Jake and Jason Rice, even though they had problems. “Jake just hit a couple of errant shots. Give them a few weeks and they’ll get it.”