Rifle golf begins push for state playoffs thanks to deep roster
Head Coach: Tod Smith, Third year
Last Season: No returning golfers qualified for state
Key Returners: Wolfgang Smith, Sr.; Cannon Wall, Jr.; Broc Caldwell, So.; Jackson Davis, Sr.
Golfers to Watch: Kaleb Pressler, So.; Brandyn Creech, Jr.
Entering his third season in charge of the Rifle Bears’ boys golf program, head coach Tod Smith expects an experienced group of golfers to really take a substantial step forward at the state level.
With the return of senior Wolfgang Smith, who qualified for the state tournament two years ago and is one of the better golfers on the Western Slope during the fall, as well as the return of junior Cannon Wall and sophomore Broc Caldwell, the Bears are loaded for, well, bear this fall under Smith’s guidance.
Add in the developing abilities of senior Jackson Davis, junior Brandyn Creech and sophomore Kaleb Pressler, the Bears are as deep and talented a team you’ll find in Garfield County. Knowing that, the Bears have their sights sets on a state berth as a team.
“All of these guys have shown great improvement of the consistency of their play,” Smith said. “I feel that if they continue to improve the way that they have, we could possibly qualify as a team for the state tournament. This is my third year in charge of the program, so I really feel that the kids are beginning to buy into my coaching philosophy and it’s showing on the course.”
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