Highlands golf season in full swing

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.

Highlands Harrison Gates drives the ball at Sky Valley Country Club during the first match of the season in Georgia.

“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 Jeffrey Olvera checks out his approach shot at Sky Valley.

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.

Highlands Win Dyleski checks out the line of his putt.

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.”

Highlands Carson Forrester chips onto the green at Sky Valley.

He added that Sequoyah is gorgeous but challenging.

Highlands Golf Coach (white hat) and former Highlands player Destin Gearhart chats with Harrison Gates during a match at Sky Valley.

“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.”

Highlands Harrison Gates lines up a putt.

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.

Highlands Win Dyleski checks out the position of the green before taking a swing.

Highlands Carson Forrester lines up his putt at Sky Valley.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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