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Coach excited for new team, opportunity
A new sport, a new team and a new challenge await Cassville girls golf and Coach Jay Rogers.
Rogers has never been one to back down from a challenge, and when the district saw that there was enough play interest to form a girls golf team, he signed on to be its coach.
Rogers said his main objective is to adjust the team the game, help the team grow and help the team get its footing.
“My goals are for the team to enjoy the game, learn the rules and work to improve each day,” Rogers said. “From what I’ve seen to this point, the girls have a good attitude and have been working hard to learn a difficult game. They show up each day eager to practice and improve.”
The Lady Wildcats team is comprised of Alexis Mann, Alexa Perez and Olivia Holman, juniors; Krysta Rawlings and Chantly Yarnall, sophomores; and Aly Myers, freshman.
Rogers knows this season will be an uphill battle.
“Our biggest challenge is lack of experience,” he said. “Only two team members have ever played golf before, and even they have very little tournament experience.”
Still, Rogers believes golf is a great teaching sport, and the players will be sharpened in the long run for putting their collective efforts into becoming better golfers.
“I enjoy golf for many reasons,” Rogers said. “It requires patience and persistence to improve. It demands honesty and integrity from competitors since there are no officials, so in many ways, you are competing against yourself as much as you are others, it teaches humility, and it is truly a lifetime sport.”