The Parker Broncs golf team had two matches this past week at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course in Kingman. The first was April 1 and the weather was perfect. The Broncs posted their worst score of the season. The second match, April 4, saw high winds at the course. This time, under the more difficult conditions, the Broncs score was much improved.
The Broncs played the Kingman Academy Tigers April 1.
“It was the best weather we have had in Kingman in my 5 years of coaching as there was no wind,” Broncs’ Coach Chad McKenzie said.
The Broncs didn’t play very well in the nice weather.
“I watched one of our players warm up and hit eight consecutive drives perfectly on the range,” McKenzie said. “Ten minutes later on the first tee the same player completely whiffed on the first swing and then the second swing was a dribbler that barely left the tee box.”
The Broncs brought eight players when they usually take five on road trips. The only Bronc who didn’t have at least one double-digit score on a hole was freshman Tallia Robledo.
Kingman Academy was 51 over par, while the Broncs were a season-high 116 over par.
“It was a frustrating day,” McKenzie said.
The Broncs returned to Cerbat Cliffs on Thursday, April 4 to face Kingman Academy, Northland Prep and River Valley. This time, 20 mph winds were blowing on the course. Despite this, the Broncs cut 15 strokes off their team score.
Northland Prep was 26 over par, Kingman Academy was 45 over, Parker was 101 over, and River Valley was 103 over.
Ethan Sale led Parker with a 54 over nine holes, and Brayden Page shot a 57. One of the more remarkable performances was that of Shaun Welch. She’s only been playing for two months, and she shot a 65 in her first varsity match.
As for the team’s performance, McKenzie said, “Someday we will take our swings on the range down to the course.”