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Golf season begins for Philip Scotties

Philip High School golf team ... Back row, from left: Tara Ravellette, Devon Ehlers, Abby Fitzgerald and Caleb Clements. Middle: Nelson Holman, Carl Poss and Tristen Rush. Front: Colton Nickelson, Wyatt Johnson and Gavin Snook. Not pictured: Nick Roseth, Theo Fitch, Hayden Clark and Jordan Hauk.

The 2009 golf season for the Philip High School team has begun.

Cancelled because of snow, the first golf tournament had been scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, at the Meadowbrook Invitational.

"We're hoping to get in some outdoor practice soon. Indoor practice is getting old," said coach Doug Hauk. The players have been using a golfing net to practice swing form, even using video cameras to use replay and slow motion to analyze an individual's motion details.

"We have a good group of sixth through ninth grade golfers who will be competitive in a few years," said Hauk. "We have some young players who will need to step up this year to make us competitive at state. The team does have six letter winners returning this year, Devon Ehlers, Colton Nickelson, Jordan Hauk and Abby Fitzgerald along with Caleb Clements, who earned 25th at state and with Tara Ravellette, who earned 10th at state last year."

Twelve golfers are on the boys' team. Nick Roseth is the only senior player. Juniors include Clements, Ehlers, Theo Fitch and Nickelson. Sophomore players are Hayden Clark and Hauk. The lone freshman player is Wyatt Johnson, while Carl Poss and Gavin Snook are eighth grade members. Two sixth graders learning the team aspects of the game are Tristen Rush and Nelson Holman.

Only two girls are on the Scottie golf team this season, seniors Ravellette and Fitzgerald.

Philip is in the Western Great Plains Sports Conference. For golf, the school is in Class B, Region 6. The other schools in the region are Bison, Harding County, Hill City, Jones County, Kadoka Area, Lemmon, McLaughlin, Newell, Rapid City Christian, Takini, Timber Lake, Wall and White River. There are only six regions for golf in South Dakota.

The rest of the season's schedule, weather allowing, is:

Friday, April 17, Wall Golf Invitational at Wall, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, April 20, Bison Invitational at Boulder Canyon, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Friday, April 24, Philip Invitational at Philip's Lake Waggoner Golf Course, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Friday, May 1, Newell Invitational at Newell, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Monday, May 4, pre-region tournament at Hart Ranch, Rapid City, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Friday, May 8, WGP conference tournament, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, May 11, region tournament at Hart Ranch, Rapid City, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Monday and Tuesday, May 18 and 19, state golf tournament at Watertown.