Describe the make-up of this year’s varsity team, such as key players, up and comers, age and skill levels, etc.
As far as my varsity teams go, we have all 6 varsity boys returning this year, said Brent Donaldson, head coach. The boys team is led by Junior Ryan Manahan who earned All Great River Conference honors last year. He is also the Boys team Captain. He is joined by fellow All GRC Conference player Junior Layne Wicksrom, followed by Junior Brady Coughlin, Sophomores Alex Nelson, Jordan Byrd and Levi Westerberg.
On the girls team, I only have 1 returning varsity player, Sophomore and team captain Kira DeCaigny. She will be joined by Freshmen Avery Westendorf, Madi Koecher and Megan Swenson
What are the team’s goals and priorities this season?
Our boys team has the experience to be very competitive in Conference play and possibly make a run at Sections. We will see how the season goes and if the boys can put it together this year. For the girls we are in a rebuilding mode. They are young and hopefully they will gain valuable experience over the next couple of years and play their way into contention at both the Conference and Section levels.
How are your opponents looking this year?
Weather permitting, our first conference match will be Tuesday 4/19 at Bulrush GC. Until we actually start to play matches, I really won’t know what teams will be our main competition. Pine City Boys and Braham girls have won the Great River Conference titles the past several years. We will just have to see, once our matches start, how each team stacks up with one another.
What do you hope these young athletes will take away from their sports experience?
My assistant coach is Trish Manahan, and our main goal as coaches and for the golf program at Barnum, is to teach our players the game of golf , which they can play their entire lives. To encourage and support them both on and off the golf course, and above all, to make this experience fun and enjoyable for them. When you do that, as we have experienced over the years, kids respond and earn All Conference/ Section honors and trips to the State Tournament.
Barnum Varsity Golf schedule
April 14Pine City Scramble Away Girls 10:30 9:00 9:20
April 19Rush City(Bullrush) Away B/G 2:00 12:30 12:50
April 26Braham(Purplehawk) Away B/G 2:00 12:30 12:50
May 3Hinckley-F(Grand National)Away B/G 2:00
May 9Braham(Purplehawk) AwayB/GNoon
May 12Conference make up date
May 18Mille Lacs(Izaty’s) AwayB/G10:00
May 25/26Section TournamentVirginiaBOYSTBD
May 31/June 2 Section Tournament Giants RidgeGIRLSTBD