With plenty of time between now and the next prep golf season, Barbers Hill head coach Richard Miles plans on using his time wisely.
So much so, he began this week with his first of a couple of golf camps for the Eagles and allowed returning students at the school with an eye on the sport to come give it a go along with the incoming freshmen who may want to try out for the team.
“It’s geared toward those who want to join the golf team,” Miles said. “It’s mainly a freshmen camp, but it is also for those interested in finding out if they can make the golf team.”
The Barbers Hill girls team only loses one senior from this year’s Region 3 qualifier and Miles will have six seniors and one junior expected to come back.
“The boys will be better based on experience,” Miles said. “On the girls side, I have five (current) sophomores and that’s it. At this camp, I have four new girls so that’s encouraging. I have got to try to develop players while at the same time keeping a standard of competition at the varsity level.”
Miles is very encouraged by the camp attendees including an incoming freshman, Grant Doggett, who the coach believes will help the team improve in 2020. He has a few other boys who have plenty of playing experience and could add welcome depth.
He will look to three incoming girls who have “extensive” experience in golf and another one who has basketball and volleyball experience to bring a level of athleticism that is a blessing in the sport.
“They are coming in way ahead of the girls that came in last year (with the same level of experience),” Miles said. “That puts us ahead as well.”
He also has high hopes that a former Lady Eagle, Cari Enson, who went the route of being home schooled the past few seasons and has put together a number of big finishes on the Texas Junior Golf Tour and shot a 69-69-72 at the TJGT Masters, could return to the program for her final season.
“If you want to play college golf, you ought to play the TJGT and that way you get exposure from college coaches,” Miles said. “When you hit 69 two days in a row, she will get some offers and have a place to play when it’s all over.”
Miles has a future senior, Henry LeDuc, returning after a trip to the Region 3 meet, who is busy going to golf camps and tournaments to get exposure and instruction during this pivotal time of the year.
“All my returning players will play six tournaments this summer and that’s what we expect,” Miles said. “They are all out there.”