High School Sports

PREP BOYS’ GOLF PREVIEW: Blaine Borderites

Coach: Steve Barthlow

Last year: Qualified one golfer to the Class 1A State Tournament — he placed 18th — and three for the tri-district tournament.

Players to watch: Henry Feenstra (fr.), Charlie Baldwin (sr.), Aaron Onyon (sr.), Jackson Bray (so.)

Outlook: The Borderites are one of the most inexperienced teams in the Northwest Conference. They have two solid seniors in Charlie Baldwin and Aaron Onyon, but for the most part, Blaine will lean on underclassmen. The unfortunate thing is that many of the players participate in other sports and it will take time to get their swings back, as they haven’t been on the course every day. “We’re just in the growing stages,” coach Steve Barthlow said in a phone interview. “We’re hoping that we can continue to grow and be competitive.” The Borderites do have young talent in sophomore Jackson Bray and freshman Henry Feenstra. Bray joins the golf team after playing baseball last season, and Barthlow says the young player has a nice swing. Feenstra also has the opportunity to be a good golfer, but must get used to the competitive atmosphere of high school golf. The Borderites are trying to instill a competitive nature in practice everyday for the kids who mostly have played recreational golf to this point. “My hope is that as the season goes on, we see start seeing the guys play better and better,” Barthlow said.