Picture thus, 10 athletes were set to be known as the ground-breakers for the Jefferson golf program in 2020. Seeing action for the first time that spring, the Blue Jays were approaching the season cautiously, but with a lot of enthusiasm….then boom. Global pandemic. And just like that the inaugural season of Jefferson’s golf program never happened.
The 2021 season looks a little different than it was supposed to a year ago, but the theme is very much the same. In the second take of the inaugural season, Jefferson has 19 Blue Jays ready to get out and battle on the links.
“Since this is the first year of our program, and the first time I’ve seen any of them swing a club, I really don’t know yet who our top golfers will be,” Head Coach Sean Breeze explained. “But I would say a strength going in is the positive attitude they show towards the game. Golf can get very frustrating for many, but I’m not seeing that yet. As with every team I’ve coached in the past, we will need to continue to get more comfortable with our short game.”
The 19 young ladies and men to hit the links for the first time include:
Seniors: Dawson Weiler and Masen Wilson
Juniors: Kelsey Henson, Mallory Rarick, Gabby Beffa, Abi Smith and Kayla Allen
Sophomores: Eli Price, Maison Leon, Maddie Earnest and Madison Robbins
Freshmen: Paige Beffa, Kaleb Weiler, Landon Clayton, Payton Perdun, Jayde Schnitzler, Lili Smith, Mallory (Gracie) Thomas and Avah LaBrot
“The kids have made it a very easy start,” Breeze noted. “I’m looking forward to seeing how we progress.”
The Blue Jays will be able to see how they stack up this spring. “The biggest challenge will simply be our golfers getting comfortable playing in groups with other schools as opposed to their own teammates. ” Breeze said. “Some of the tournaments we are in with larger schools from outside our area will be an interesting test.”
As the team progresses through the season this spring, Breeze really only asks for one thing. “My hope for this team is that the kids have a good time and continue to improve throughout the season. It’s a really good group of kids, and they seem to really be enjoying it, so right now, I’m just trying to prepare them for what to expect once competitions begin.”
The season is set to open on Tuesday March 23rd, as the Blue Jays have a tri-match with Festus and Herculaneum at Raintree CC in Hillsboro.
We wish this new crop of golfers all the luck in the world (and as little frustration as possible) as they finally get their new program underway in 2021.