Douglas High School’s golf team kicked off its season last week with a dual match in Nogales.
Douglas’ golf coach Bosco Selchow, who is starting his 30th year as coach of the Bulldogs, said team scores were not available from the match which was played at the Tubac Golf Resort. Returning golfer, junior Jay Zamora, shot a 43 to lead the Bulldog golfers. Newcomers Colton Boone and Aiden Rodriguez each recorded a score of 53, returners Victor Oviedo shot a 58 and Trenton Foreman shot a 70.
Selchow, who says he is still having fun and enjoys coaching the golfers, has nine players out for the team this year. Also out for the team this year are Alan Barrios, Adan Rodriguez, Enrique Byrd, and Aaliyah Trujillo.
Selchow said this is Zamora’s third year of competitive play and he is by far the most experienced golfer on the team. Forman and Oviedo are starting their second year with the team.
This year the Bulldogs had just one week of practice before playing their season opener.
“You’re never really ready for the first match anyways but we had to do everything in such a rush in order to determine what five kids were going to play and it seems like we didn’t get to work as much as I would have liked with these kids,” the coach said. “Now that we have one match under our belt we can work on the things that didn’t go so well for us (in the opener).
The coach said he’s impressed with the ability of his two freshmen, Boone and Aiden Rodriguez. He said both played well in the season opener especially when you consider it was their first ever high school match and the difficulty of the course.
“It’s a very nice course, a resort course,” the coach said. “I wasn’t expecting the greens to be as fast as they were. That was one of the biggest challenges these kids had to adjust to. It’s a nice course. A lot of the movie Tin Cup was filmed there. We get to go back there later on and play Rio Rico there. I’m hoping they can play a little better the next time we go there.”
Looking ahead to the season, the coach said he has a good mix of talent.
“There’s some waiting in the wings that with a little more practice time, a little more experience they may find their way into the top five,” he said. “We’re now competing with all the Phoenix and Tucson schools, no longer the teams in our region. Before you could win your section and automatically qualify for state. That’s not the case this year.”
The Bulldog golfers are in Tucson on Tuesday, Aug. 27 before hosting Sahuaro on Thursday, Aug. 29 in what will be Douglas’ home opener.