While the Hiland Hawks golf team has experienced some good success early on in terms of wins and losses as well as upper-tier finishes in several tournaments, head coach Austin Kaufman believes his team has not even begun to scratch the surface when it comes to playing its best golf.
Hiland recently defeated Indian Valley 164-186 at Willandale Golf Course, and while it was an easy win, it wasn’t the Hawks’ best. Kaufman said they are still waiting to hit their stride.
“We are still trying to find ourselves right now, but it feels like we are slowly but surely starting to put things together,” Kaufman said.
One of the most important turnarounds will be the return to form of last year’s number-one man Tremper Coblentz. Coblentz has struggled with a swing change this year, but Kaufman said he is beginning to figure things out, noting that Coblentz has been keeping the ball in the fairway much better as of late.
Kaufman said while the results have been positive, one thing the Hawks won’t have to worry about is peeking too early.
“No, we aren’t anywhere near where we are capable of shooting,” Kaufman said with a laugh. “I guess that is a good thing because we know what we can do and where we want to be. Even when we were placing second and third in tournaments earlier this season, we weren’t posting the scores we are capable of shooting. Coming into the end of the season, I think we are starting to post numbers we can put up, and I am still waiting for that one night when we put it all together.”
In the recent victory over the Braves, Dylan Kaufman led the way with a 38. Bruce Yoder fired a 41, Coblentz shot a 42, Johnny Mullet added a 43, Claye Hummel shot a 45 and Gabe Brown rounded out the varsity play with a 46.
The Braves were led by Dalton Burcher, who fired off a medalist round of 37. However, Indian Valley was far less consistent than the Hawks with their next-best score being Austin Rummell’s 48. Evan Miller and Nevin Zoller added scores of 49 and 52, respectively.