SHERIDAN – With temperatures in the 30s and occasional gusts of wind swirling Monday afternoon at Kendrick Municipal Golf Course, Kaelee Saner admitted her team’s first practice of the week could also be the latest.
Such is life for golfers Sheridan broncs during the spring season, especially when he still snow on April 12 with high temperatures in the 30’s and 40 down the rest of the week.
“You can’t bundle up in golf,” Saner said. “You can group and put on gloves and run, but with golf, you can not do that. You can’t bundle up and swing.
Sheridan held his first two spring practices last week before competing in Worland, where the boys’ and girls’ teams won on Friday. The Broncs practiced less in the spring that the fall season due to weather-related cancellations, but when they get together, the goals remain the same: to have fun and better.
The cold can benefit them in a strange way.
“You always have to try to go to the next shot and think about it instead of overthinking (your previous shot) and making it difficult for yourself,” said senior Katie Jorgenson, who added that she thinks the season of the spring is more difficult psychologically than the fall.
It is on-the-next-shot approach that emphasizes Saner all year. It is particularly relevant in the spring, when the cold can numb the hands of a golfer, do not steal the ball as far and cut a part of the team’s training time.
“I do not want that they put a lot of pressure on themselves,” said Saner. “I did not change much (in spring) but I try to be a little more lax and help them to be a little more lax. Worland was great. I told them just to have fun and get back into the flow and rhythm of golf. And they had fun. They just smiled. Literally, all children who have had a bad hole bounced back with something much better and did not let them affect.
This season, Sheridan Rosters 24 golfers, which is slightly lower than the fall. Football and track pulled a few athletes away from the team. But 4A boys individual champion Brock Owings returns, as do three of the five girls who collectively made a team title in September.
That experience helps, Saner said. Golfers have come through the fall season and had success, so they understand their respective games and know what Saner expects on a daily basis. They can develop more individualized practice plans.
Jorgenson, for example, decided to spend more time on the practice green than the driving range last week, and she said it paid off in Worland. She placed third.
“They are more concentrated in the spring,” Saner said. “It’s just condensed because of the weather. I feel like they talk a little less and work a little more to get the most work done in a short time.
The Broncs have seven games – six more – this season, which runs May 17. Their last two tournaments are at Sheridan, May 10 at Powder Horn and May 16-17 at Kendrick.