Golf programs across the state have been delayed this spring. The Britton-Hecla and Langford Area golf programs are no exception. They have pretty much been put on hold due to snow and cold conditions.
Golfers have not even been able to get outside very often, let alone compete in a meet this season, and that doesn’t look to change anytime soon with recent snow across the state.
The Langford Area squad has lost two scheduled meets due to weather and will likely lose four more in the month of April. Britton-Hecla has had three meets cancelled to date with three more the rest of the month in doubt. The Britton-Hecla Invitational, originally set for April 15, has been rescheduled for April 30, but with the recent snow that date is also questionable.
“I just don’t know when we’ll be able to get out on the course, and there’s not much you can do inside,” Britton-Hecla Dan Yelkin said. “We’ve been hitting some practice balls and chipping, but we don’t really have anything to putt on. We’re really just kind of holding until the weather gets better.”
Yelkin had 12 high school and six junior high golfers report for the squad this season.
Golf is once again a sport at Langford Area. The school dropped the program two years ago when state funding was cut, but the school board approved reinstatement of the program through outside funding. A fundraising activity in February raised enough money to fund additional meets this season, weather permitting.
Langford Area Coach Charlie Bunk said that four high school boys and three seventh graders reported for the squad this spring.
“We’ve been outside four times at the football field and city park,” Bunk noted, “and have been hitting foam balls into a net and putting. We’re doing what we can. We may even get outside and carry our clubs around town just to get in shape a little bit.”