Kamiak boys golf | Spring sports previews
Coach: Vic Alinen
Number of athletes: 20 in the program, 7 seniors
Last season: The Knights won the league title, finishing 9-0 during the regular season, sending golfers to the state tournament.
Strengths: “Normally you don't want seven seniors because you lose everything with one shot,” said head coach Vic Alinen of the team’s roster this year. “I felt this year with this group of kids, when you've won 13 conference championships, 12 district championships and three state championships, these kids have been in the program and have worked so hard that I kept all of them.” He added the seniors are working a lot with the younger players, specifically the freshman on JV to help continue the legacy.
Focus: “Because they are all good ball strikers, so the mental game is such a huge part of this sport,” said the coach. “Every shot has to be thought through before you hit it. That's what we're doing right now. Working on the mental game, on instead of just ball striking, how do you play holes how do you play points, that kind of stuff.”
Captains: Seniors Ryan Hardy and Matt Kornegay
Meets to watch: “Camas Meadows, that state tournament,” said the coach. “We go down early and I play it with the guys. I think we're fortunate to play on this course (Harbour Pointe). It's the best course in the area, these guys since they are playing on the best course; they have the advantage when they play on other course.”
The team begins the season on March 13 with the Lake Stevens Jamboree against Lake Stevens and South Whidbey.