The Mingus golf team has not been finishing in second place or better, but their placing has little to do with the strides the team is making individually on unfamiliar courses and inexperience.
At the Sedona Golf Resort on Sept. 15 the players had a good opportunity to compete on a difficult course, the par was 72. As a team, Mingus scored a 364. The winner of the match was West View, which shot an outstanding 308.
Patrick Moran had the low score for the Marauders with an 81, followed by Trevor Valenzuela (90), Tyson Walz (91), Charlie Katerba (102), and Danny Hagberg (110).
"That's how golf goes. You never know how everyone is going to play that day," said coach John Uidenich. "Inexperience on the course hurt us most."
After that match, the Marauders regrouped to play at Arcadia on Sept. 20. The Marauders placed fourth out of four teams, but shot a much better game.
Again, Moran had the low score of 40, followed by Nick Muelhausen (42), Hagberg (45), Katerba (46) and Valenzuela (48). It was the first match of the season where all five golfers were under 50.
"We played a good game for ourselves," said Uidenich.
The team was scheduled to play at Queen Creek this weekend, but was cancelled. This will give the team a much needed break so that they can come out fresh at the Prescott match next Tuesday at the Antelope Hills course.
After that, the Mingus team will have an opportunity to size up their conference competition at the Page Invite next weekend.