The COVID-19 pandemic has made an impact on everyone, but for the Maricopa High School boys golf team, it seems to be going well. The young golfers might be going through an unusual time, but they all hope to improve individually on the 2020 campaign.
It takes a coach like Donald Gordon, who’s played golf throughout his whole life, to bring experience and enjoyment to a team filled mostly with underclassman. Gordon coached JV girls’ basketball for the high school, but this will be his first time coaching coach in Maricopa, and he wants to see improvement in his young players.
“I’m a big fan of golf,” smiled Gordon. “I’ve played throughout my teenage years to my adult years, so when the opportunity was there to take, it just seemed like a natural fit for me to compete for the job and I’m very fortunate to be the coach.”
With six golfers on the roster, and many of them being underclassman, it’s all about the fundamentals and refining their golf skills. In a year that has brought a lot of uncertainty the goal is to get better and have fun doing it, especially since other teams and matches might have had to cancel.
“Golf is one of those sports that’s thriving compared to other sports since we can socially distance,” said Gordon. “It’s a little safer compared to a contact sport since we are on a course and we can spread everything out. It’s hot, so we have to have our own water bottles, take safety precautions and take temperatures of all our kids.”
Battling the extreme heat, the Rams golfers are excited for the season as they showed up to practice a few minutes early just to hit a few balls on the range, then worked on the greens with their putts. The focus and dedication are there with the golfers, but the team hopes he can translate their development and scorecard.
“We hope at the end of the season we are playing better golf individually and as a team than when we did when we started,” Gordon said.