Mingus Union golf team getting better every week

Marauders take 15th out of 24 teams at Buckeye Golf Tournament last weekend, set sights on match this Saturday

The Marauder golf team has had a busy week and its not going to end this weekend. Friday and Saturday, the Marauders traveled to the Buckeye Invitational. On Friday, the Marauders did very well in the 27-team field, finishing at No. 10 for the day.

Freshman Wally Wilburn led the Marauder pack with a score of 40, followed by Ryan Roland with a 41, Josh Barton with a 43, Nick Muelhausen shot a 45 and Josh Sauntman rounded out the five with a 49, golfing his final couple of holes as the sun was going down. The last score was thrown out for a team score of 169.

With a good day behind them, the Marauders returned to the course to golf 18 holes against the large field of teams. Roland led Mingus this time, finishing as the 12th golfer overall with an 80. Barton followed with an 89, Wilburn shot an 89, Sauntman's score was 93 and Nick Muelhausen shot a 94.

Overall the team finished in 15th place out of mostly 5A schools.

"It was a good weekend and everyone has a positive attitude," said coach John Uidenich. "Wally was excited about golf after his great playing at he and a friend went and played golf on Sunday."

After a golf-filled weekend, the Marauders returned to Oak Creek Golf Course to take on Bradshaw Mountain, Kellis and Verrado. The Bradshaw Bears had a banner day, finishing the back nine holes with a score of 164.

Mingus followed in second place with a team score of 192. On Tuesday it was Roland again who led the team with a 43, followed by Wilburn with a 47. Jasmine Roland, Ryan's younger sister got to hit the greens for the first time in competition this season and did very well with a score of 50. Dylan Burger shot a 52 and Travis Duywenie shot a 53.

This weekend the golfing continues as the varsity Marauders travel to the Dorado Golf Invite while the JV heads to Glendale for an annual trip for the Mingus youngsters.

"I tell my players that everyone doesn't play the same everyday," said coach Uidenich. "We try to get better every week."

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