Mingus Union golfers will show off one of the most beautiful courses in Arizona when they host their first match of the season today (Wednesday).
The Marauders have invited teams from Washington, Thunderbird, Ironwood, Glendale, Moon Valley, Prescott and Tolleson to play a round at the heralded Sedona Golf Resort. Mingus coach John Uidenich could have been in a TV commercial the way he described the extravagant layout.
"The course is in great shape — lush fairways, glassy greens and red rock views all around," he said.
While sights will amaze, the 6,126-yard, par-71 course could prove tough on the players’ egos. Approaching par on a round could be a challenge, even for the most seasoned linksters. While it’s a home match for Mingus, even the Marauders have only played the course a couple times in practice rounds this season.
"If you’ve never seen it, it’s a difficult course," Uidenich said. "The scores are always higher. It’s two and a half miles of climbing. By the time you get to the 10th tee box, you’re tired."
The first players will tee off around 11 a.m. this morning.
Mingus got a chance to see one of the invited participants, Washington, in a three-school match at Bradshaw Mountain last Wednesday. The Rams nipped the Marauders by a stroke for second place, 215-216. Bradshaw won on its home course, Prescott Golf and Country Club, with a 206 tally.
Washington’s top golfer earned medalist honors with a 34. Stephen Cook led Mingus with a 39, followed by Jacob Gould 41, Corey Lay 44, Joey Lay 45, and Robbie Maine 47.
While it was the Marauders’ highest team total of the season, Uidenich wasn’t too concerned. He believes his golfers will quickly regain the form they showed in previous matches and at the Mohave Invitational held in Bullhead City on Sept. 8-9.
The Marauders shot an even 200 during the first nine holes of the Mohave event, which featured about 30 schools competing. Joey Lay finished among the top 10 with a 37 on the first day. Dylan Miles carded a 39, Gould 41, Cook 41 and Corey Lay 42.
Mingus golfers continued to post impressive results the following day, this time an 18-hole round. Joey Lay and Cook each finished with a 78, Corey Lay shot a 79, Miles 80 and Gould 83.
"Our lowest score last year was not even an 83, maybe not an 85," Uidenich said.
This week will be a full one for the Marauders. Mingus traveled to Cortez for a match on Tuesday, will hold its own tournament today and then will compete in the Westview Invitational on Saturday. About 25 teams are expected to compete in the Westview event at the Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club, a Jack Nicholas design.