Mingus golfers ready to peak at the right time

They are getting better every week and that's good news to coach John Uidenich as he watches his golf team blossom from inconsistent players to a team that is poised to take the No. 2 spot in the region.

Both Mingus 'A' team and 'B' teams got to show their stuff on the golf course on Tuesday when they hosted a 4-way meet with Sandra Day O'Connor and Mojave.

SDO pulled out ahead and won the meet with a score of 169. The Mingus 'A' team wasn't far behind with a 184. Mojave finished third in the bunch, followed by Mingus 'B' team with a 199.

The Marauders' No. 1 golfer Ryan Roland was out sick and could have made the difference between Mingus taking second and first. Instead of pressing his health to compete in the meet, coach Uidenich would rather save him for Mingus' big golf match on Friday at the Verde Santa Fe golf course.

Individually, Nick Muelhausen led the Marauders with a 41. Josh Barton followed with a 47, Richard Paynter with a 45, Travis Duwenyie had a 51 and Dylan Fielitz finished with a 54.

The players are showing a lot more consistency and those that coach Uidenich can count on looking toward the regional meet is becoming more apparent.

One of the team's biggest golf matches of the year came Sept. 28-29 when they traveled to Tucson to take on strong 5A teams from the area. A fun meet that the team goes on every year, the Marauders finished an impressive 10th out of 17 teams on a very difficult course.

Barton led the Marauders with his lowest score of the year, an 84. Roland followed with an 89, Muelhausen shot a 90, followed by Paynter with a 91 and Wally Wilburn with a 92.

The team did well on the fast greens and sand traps.

"They did well and they enjoyed it," said coach Uidenich about his team in Tucson.

On Oct. 11, the Marauders traveled to Flagstaff and came in 3rd behind 5A Mountain Ridge out of Phoenix and Flagstaff, a region opponent. The Marauders are excited about the region, because they finished only five strokes behind Flagstaff and that was without their No. 2 and No. 3 golfers that day, with Bradshaw Mountain finishing fourth overall.

Individually, Ryan Roland finished with a 41, followed by Richard Paynter with a 45, Travis Duwenyie with a 48, Berger with a 50 and Jasmine Roland's score was the lowest and wasn't counted in the team score.

Coming up for the Marauders is their own Mingus Invite today. It will be a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. with things finishing up around 6 p.m. before it gets too dark. This will be a terrific opportunity for all of the teams in the 4A II Grand Canyon region to preview one-another before regionals in Flagstaff next week.

Last year the Marauders took 2nd place at this tournament and peaked one golf match too soon, losing out of a State run. This year, coach Uidenich is hoping that his players do well in the tournament, but use it as a warm up to some phenomenal golfing during the regional tournament.

"We will take it one day at a time," said coach Uidenich. "I hope we do well on Friday and save it all for Flagstaff."

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