Bulldogs get first win

Published 9:47 pm Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The King’s Fork High School golf team got its first win under Coach Robert Casteen on Monday.

The Bulldogs defeated Deep Creek High School 415-423. Casteen was satisfied with his team’s performance, and he was excited to get his first win as the golf coach at King’s Fork.

“It’s a great feeling to see the guys get their first win,” Casteen said. “The scores have gotten better each match.”

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Casteen is an alumnus of Deep Creek, so the win Monday was special in more ways than one. The Bulldogs are now 1-2 on the season. With this being the second week of the season, Casteen believes his transition so far has been good.

“At first, we didn’t have our whole team together due to various reasons,” Casteen said. “We couldn’t really click like we wanted to. However, now, everybody is back, and everyone is working hard. All the guys get along. The transition has been easy.”

Even though the Bulldogs got the win, they still believe there is room for improvement. Casteen hopes his team will continue to strive to get its scores down match by match. Being focused and competitive is what made King’s Fork so successful Monday. They wanted to beat the player against whom they were matched.

This win could be the start of something bigger for the Bulldogs. Casteen believes if his team continues to play well enough, this can possibly start a winning streak.

“Since our first match last week, we have cut a significant amount off of our total,” he said. “We still have tough competition to face in the Southeastern District, but I think if we continue to get better, we can definitely be competitive.”

Though this is Casteen’s first victory, he won’t settle. He will continue to push greatness for King’s Fork golf and feels he has the players to do so.

“The guys really want to get better,” Casteen said. “They practice hard, and they want to get better every day. They even stay late after practice and get extra work in. Everything has been a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to what’s to come with this team.”

King’s Fork will take on Hickory High School at the Nansemond River Golf Course Thursday at 1 p.m. Hickory is considered among one of the top golf teams in the district.