Yuma boys golf gets off to a decent start

Yuma High School’s boys golf had a strong start off the tee for the 2023 season.
The varsity played three tournaments over the past week, and now the players have one week off to hone their skills before going to the Strasburg Invitational in Aurora on August 23.
Yuma opened the season last Thursday at the Eaton Invitational. Yuma’s team score was a 274, placing it 20th in the 24-team field.
JJ Ward shot a 78 to finish in a tie for 24th. Brodie Castillo shot a 97, Kaleb Jones 99, and Kyle Schuetz 104.
“We actually hit the ball well in Eaton we just had a really tough time on the greens,” coach Benjamin Weathers said. “A lot of three putts and even some four putts. Those greens at Eaton Country Club are notoriously fast and we never got the speed down at all throughout the round.”
The same foursome had a much better time the next day on their home course for the Yuma Invitational. Yuma finished second out of 14 teams at Indian Hills, shooting a 271.
Ward was third medalist with an 81, while Jones finished with a 93, and Castillo and Schuetz both a 97.
“This is one of the better starts to the season that we have had in a while,” Weathers said. “Having a week and a half of practice before any tournaments has really helped. A second place finish at our home tournament should help give them some confidence into the next week.”
Yuma traveled to the Resurrection Christian Invitational at Raindance National in Windsor this past Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.