By Adam Madison
Triplicate staff writer
The Del Norte High girls golf team began practice Monday, with new golf bags and old friends.
"I have a good feeling about this year's seasonour team is all returning players," said Alison Eckart, the Warrior girls golf coach.
Eckhart said the team is hard at work "focusing on their short-game."
Last year, the Warriors placed fourth out of five teams in the Big 5 Conference. Eckart said she believes the team can improve on last year's mark.
"I definitely think we'll be in good contention," she said.
Senior Katie Maltbie, the veteran of the five players, is beginning her fourth year on the team.
"It's something to do," she said. "It's fun. I like being on the team."
Maltbie said one of the more difficult parts of being on the golf team is that they don't get to drive the golf cartsthey are too young.
"They think we need the exercise," said fellow team member Kayla Bohannon, laughing as she packed her clubs into one of the new bags donated to the team.
Eckhart said the girls practices three days a week and will have competitions twice a week.
"All of the students on the team are really great students," said Eckhart, noting that the girls always complete their school-work on time.
She also noted that two of her students were in Advanced Placement courses at the high school.
The practices start out with putting, then chipping and finally driving practice, said Eckhart.
"It gives the girls the opportunity to know all their clubs," she said.
A goal for the squad this year is for all the girls to shoot less than 100 at least once.
"It looks like a viable goal," Eckhart said.
Making sure her players are hydrated is another focus of Eckhart's.
"Kids aren't used to drinking a lot of water," she said. "Walking a 5-mile course, they need to learn how to hydrate their bodies."
Currently, the schedule for the season is not set in stone. Eckart said it appears the first tournament will take place sometime in late September.
The team is still accepting girls from the high school who may be interested in joining the team.
For more information, call Alison Eckart at 465-0194.