Highlands boys golf team travelled to Sky Valley Country Club last month to kick off the season with a match against Franklin High School.
Highlands didn’t take the win with a team score of 232; Win Dyleski shot a 52, Carson Forrester shot a 58, and Harrison Gates and Jeffrey Olvera both scored 61.
“The course is in pretty good shape for this time of year and with how much rain we got the weekend before the match,” said Gearhart.
Highlands travelled to Sequoyah National Golf Club the following day to take on Cherokee and Swain. Highlands took second with a team score of 225.
Dyleski shot a 48, Forrester shot a 58, Gates shot a 57, and Olvera shot a 62.
“We played pretty good considering how hard of a golf course the boys played,” said Gearhart. “I was proud of them for sticking with it and not giving up and it opened their eyes to what stuff we need to work on in practice.”
He added that Sequoyah is gorgeous but challenging.
“It’s probably one of the prettiest courses that we will get to play,” said Gearhart. “It’s a really hard course and makes you have to think ahead about what kind of shots you have to give yourself.”
Gearhart is coaching for his alma mater and used to compete for Highlands School.
“It’s pretty fun coaching at the school I graduated from and this group of guys that I have playing for me is a great group of boys,” he said.
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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