KF ready for regionals

Published 9:23 pm Friday, September 29, 2017

With the regular season over, the King’s Fork High School golf team is ready for regionals.

The regular season ended Wednesday afternoon for the Bulldogs, and now they are heading into regionals with confidence. Even though the Bulldogs lost their last regular season match to Grassfield High School, there were good things to take from it. The Bulldogs’ top two players shot their lowest scores of the season, and King’s Fork shot its lowest score as a team with 386.

On Sunday, the Bulldogs will head to Williamsburg National Golf Course to get a practice round in to prepare for regionals, which start Monday. Coach Robert Casteen has been making sure he stays on his team about the rules of the game. Tournament rules are different from the regular season, so Casteen has been making sure his team is being made aware of them.

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As Casteen looks back on the regular season, he feels his team has made significant progress from the first match.

“From where we were in the first match until now, I could not be more proud,” Casteen said. “They have cut a tremendous amount of strokes off their scores, and they’ve come to love the game. I think they’ve grown to love the sport of golf.”

King’s Fork had five golfers this season who were playing for the first time. Hunter Ruggiero finished as the No. 1 golfer for the team. Adam Briggs, Michael Barnes and Mason Brown are the seniors. Heading into regionals, Casteen thinks his team can make some noise.

“We have seen maybe half the teams who will be at regionals, and we have success against most of them,” he said. “We just want to stay inside our own head and play our own game and not worry about anybody else.”

King’s Fork can advance as a team or have individuals advance to states. The 4A regionals will be held at Williamsburg National Golf Course at 9 a.m. Monday.