Lodge Grass golf team takes advantage of warm spring weather

Thursday, April 4, 2019
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Photo by Gary Rood

Lodge Grass golfer DC Stewart practices on an indoor golf mat. The team can play both indoors and outdoors, though the mats allow players to practice their short games.

With spring comes weather fit for golf, something the Lodge Grass Indians are utilizing.

The 12-person golf team has six returning letterman. Head Coach John Pilch and Coach Polly Rhodes have had the golfers working at the school; however, the team also travels to White Arm Park in Lodge Grass to work in the larger area. This year marks coach Pilch’s 20th as the Lodge Grass golf coach; Rhodes has coached for 18 years.

The team, over time, has acquired donated equipment, allowing them to grow with many of the clubs given by golf supporters from the area, Pilch said.

Golfers on the team quickly learn the different clubs and use them all daily as part of practice.

The team traveled to Big Timber on April 2 for their first game and will continue to play against southern B golf teams

Although, according to Pilch, “We don’t play the opponent, we play the course.”

The team prides itself on being early. Pilch said they are consistently the first or second team to arrive at its meets.

Pilch added when the team first started, it rarely got to the meets before the 9 a.m. tee time.

“Our toughest competition is the alarm clock, as we have to leave for our meets at 5:30 a.m. sharp,” Pilch said. “I start picking up athletes in Wyola at 4:45 a.m.”

The team appreciates the support from the school’s administration and all the area schools that work with them. They also appreciate the Sheridan golf community, who welcomed them to practice and play on their course, Pilch said.


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