West boys golf boasts slew of talent
Pueblo West boys golf coach Derek Townley spent some time this summer at the golf course playing in tournaments and getting a better feel for his game.
While Townley was enjoying himself on the tee, he was able to place himself in the golf cleats of his players and all the nuances they experience on any given day on the course.
Those experiences gave Townley an even better grasp of how to prepare his team for the season.
“I played a few tournaments this season so I kind of know where they’re coming from,” Townley said.
“I just give them some techniques to walk them through what it’s going to be like if you’re under pressure. I also let them know that everyone is nervous.”
Townley was succinct on how he’d improve his team this season, but it was clear that mentality or losing key players would not affect his team this season.
With the loss of four-time letter winner and former south regional champ Glenn Workman, now a freshman at Wyoming, the Cyclones golf team still boasts a slew of talent to meet the goal Townley sets for his team every season.
“We always want to get a team through the regionals and take a team to state. We have some good players this year so I expect we should be able to do that,” Townley said.
“It’s going to be tough but the kids I have now are good players and hard workers.”
Jake Griego, Preston Ewing, Ryan Boitz, Michael DeNardo, Andy Schleich are some of the players expected to shine for the Cyclones.
Their work during the offseason along with overall experience can help Pueblo West make that push Townley expects.
“This will be a great group of kids that will be right there with us,” Townley said.
The abundance of talent on the Cyclones’ golf team can make that expected push toward regionals and possibly state with their offseason work ethic.
Instead of sitting around counting the days until school was back in session, various players participated in Pikes Peak League, Colorado Junior Golf Association and American Junior Golf Association tournaments throughout the summer to polish their skills.
“Tournament play always helps you stay sharp, instead of just hanging out and playing with your friends,” Townley said.
The Cyclones open the season Friday at the Fowler tournament and are back on the road Monday in Lamar. This is no cookie-cutter schedule, but Coach Townley knows his players are prepared for the course ahead this season.
“We’re going to have some tough competition this year,” he said.
“I don’t want to put pressure on our players but I still expect to send some guys to state.”