On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the Kim/Branson Mustangs wrapped up their season after competing in the Hollydot Region One Golf Tournament. The five-man Kim golf team had an early start on Tuesday morning, for the regional golf tournament in Holly.
A temperate 78 degrees and sunny skies made for a great day of golfing. The five-man team and Head Coach Adam Lucero are all in their first season of high school golf. The 18-hole Hollydot golf course posed a challenge to the novice golf team, with a slight wind coming in off the northern plains.
“The Hollydot was a sweet course, I heard all the boys mention that they were excited just to play on the course and get to experience regionals. We saw a lot of good golfers there. We did not place in the top or anything but every single one of them improved,” said Lucero
With just one season under their belts the team finished 15th at the regional tournament, which concluded the team’s golf season.
“It was pretty fun, it was pretty long, 18 holes and I started off a little rough but I kind of got better towards the end… and pretty fun overalls,” said sophomore golfer Bridger Keeler.
This was Kim/Branson’s first golf team since the 2014-15 season, the 2015 season only had one member, Colby Shannon, whose brother Kinton is one of the current golf teams members.
“Restarting it wasn’t that hard we have a lot of really great people here in Kim. Our Athletic Director Cassidy Lucero did a great job really starting it up from scratch getting things going in just a couple days’ notice.” Said Lucero
With no golfing experience or facilities, the Kim team used the wide-open eastern Colorado plains and the wisdom of the Kim golf community to get the program back on its feet.
“There was a lot of help from the community too. The Shannon’s here pretty much funded our golf program… They donated all kinds of stuff we were able to use their clubs and get some wisdom from them.”
The reshaped fall sports season allowed students to try new sports; four of the five golfers will be competing on the fall football team.
“We look like a bunch of football players doing a different sport for the first time” said Lucero who doubles as the head football coach.
Kim will not be competing at the State golf tournament in Gunnison, on October 5. This will allow the football players to prepare as the season opener kicks off on the 10th against Sierra Grande.
“The more we do here in Kim and Branson the better athletes we become. I would love if we continue the program next year and keep building on that,” said Lucero.