Jake Stirek, Cole Truhlsen and Easton Chaffee started their Blair High School golf seasons Tuesday with bogeys on the par-4 first hole at River Wilds Golf Club.
On a 1-to-10 scale, Truhlsen gave himself an “eight” for getting out of trouble when trees came into play. Chaffee said a “six” would cover his performance.
“I could have shot better,” the first-year varsity player added.
Stirek, meanwhile, gave himself a “five” for the five swings it took for him to find the bottom of the cup.
“Just had to get the first-hole jitters out of the way,” he said, carrying his golf bag to the second tee box.
Ultimately, the BHS trio and their teammates earned the result that mattered. Coach Ross Udey reported a season-opening, 182-199 dual win against the Bears' visitors from Logan View. The junior varsity lineup, meanwhile, tied the Raiders at 228 on the windy afternoon.
Stirek and Chaffee wound up shooting Blair's low scores, while LVHS' Jake Hagerbaumer shot the overall low — 40. Stirek finished nine holes with a 42, sinking par shots on Nos. 6, 7 and 9 at River Wilds.
Chaffee, meanwhile, carded his 42 with four pars. Truhlsen shot a 48, Adam Grote notched a 50 and Cole Wilkins took 51 swings to round out the varsity lineup's 182.
In addition, Blair's Connor Wayman shot a 54, which tied him with the Raiders' Miles Wulf for the low JV score. The Bears' Luke Ladwig added a 57, while Tyler Lantry took 58 swings and Kalvin Lorenzen carded a 59. Landen Oppliger finished his nine holes with 60 strokes.
Coach Udey's varsity squad next competes Monday at Ashland Country Club after Thursday's dual at Oakland Golf Club.