Big hopes for big season ahead


by Richard Le
Eagle Staff

After years of solid efforts but to no avail, the golf team has a legitimate chance at winning the state championship this season.

The golf program has not won a state championship since 2005 and is eager to finally win one this year. With many players returning from last year, the team may be one of the strongest groups that the golf program has ever had.

Returning golfers include seniors Richard Le, Juan Gutierrez and Web Beard, juniors Thomas Wheeler and Tommy Kherkher and sophomore Travis Martin, who were all major contibutors last year.

Coach Billy Tuten is ready to lead the team to a state championship with his experience and knowledge.

“This is probably the strongest group of guys that I have ever had,” Tuten said. “I believe that this is the year that we go all the way. The guys have really progressed over the summer and continue to improve.”

Other teams in TAPPS, such as Beaumont Kelly, Trinity Christian Academy and Prestonwood Christian Academy have lost many key seniors, which puts the Eagles as favorites to win state.

The team recently opened its promising season with a first place team finish in El Paso. Gutierrez led the team with scores of 72-73, a 145 two-day total, and finished second individaully even though he played through an injured knee.

Gutierrez was tied for first place but came up a little short in the sudden death playoff. Nonetheless, he still made a valiant effort.

“I was a little disappointed that I came in second, but I still played very well,” Gutierrez said. “I look forward to practicing and continuing to improve my game.”

Wheeler and Kherkher also played well and made huge contributions to the team’s victory.

“This was a huge win for us,” Wheeler said. “Our team is so stacked this year. I’m confident that we can win every tournament this year.”

The golf team looks to continue its early success in Waco at Twin Rivers Golf Course Nov. 18 and 19.