The Lovell High School golf team dusted off their equipment and started spring practice this month. Five boys and three girls will compete on the team, many returning with some welcomed additions.
Returning players CJ Murphey, McKay Baxendale, Hunter Tippetts, and Justin Mickelson, along with new golfer Dylan Hultgren will make up the boys team. Coach Devon Parks noted that two of the team’s top golfers Brandon Wolvington and Chase Tippetts will not compete on the team during the spring season because they are participating on the school’s track team. He said he expects to see them compete in the fall.
Sophomore CJ Murphey placed in the top 10 during the most recent fall season.
“I’ve seen big improvement with him and I’m looking forward to seeing him drop his scores even more,” said Parks.
Parks said McKay Baxendale also showed a lot of improvement toward the end of the fall season and he thinks the sophomore’s participation this spring will be a great opportunity for him to improve even more.
“This is a great opportunity for him to really get going and show us what he can do,” said Parks.
Parks said he looks forward to working with freshman Hunter Tippetts as he grows accustomed to the high school golf experience.
“He’s always just golfed for fun and isn’t really used to competing at the high school level yet,” said Parks. “This will be a good learning experience for him.”
Junior varsity golfer Justin Mickelson is also returning from the fall season. Parks said he hopes to see Mickelson get both JV and varsity experience this season.
The team welcomes new member Dylan Hultgren who will be golfing for the first time.
“He has a lot to learn, a lot to do and we’re hoping to see him have some fun with it,” said Parks.
The girls will finally have enough members to compete as a team with the addition of sophomore Lauren Hinckley to their team. Although Hinckley has not competed on the team in the past, Parks said he is expecting great things from her.
“She’s very athletic and has a natural ability in golf,” said Parks. “She has been golfing her whole life with her family and I’m expecting her to have a great start to the season.”
Returning this season are regulars Journee Burton and Cassie Colvin. Burton, a junior, placed in the top 10 at State last fall and Colvin missed the top 10 by literally one stroke.
“Both girls are coming out of a good fall season,” said Parks. “I think the three together have a good chance of placing as a team. I think they will push each other, but they will also learn a lot from each other.”
By Patti Carpenter