Rogers Heritage golf preview

Jacob Winkel became Rogers Heritage’s first golfer to qualify for the Overall State Golf Tournament last season, but now coach Jay Gilstrap is hoping his team can become a contender as well.<br><br>

Senior Matt Cochran and junior Logan Rumsey are the lone holdovers, who played in the top five a year ago. Gilstrap is also excited about several underclassmen, who could develop into top flight golfers.<br><br>

“Matt’s a lefty, who’s got a great personality for the game,” said Gilstrap, who starts his 10th season with the War Eagles boys and 28th as a golf coach. “Logan is a player I saw as a freshman and anticipated him being a good player.  I’ve seen him over the summer and I like what he’s done, improving his mental approach as well as the physical part of the game.”<br><br>

Freshmen Kolton Paul and Deglyn Buttrey, along with sophomore Colby Scroggins are all expected to contribute. <br><br>

“Kolton is one of the kids I’ve been looking forward to coaching,” Gilstrap said. “He’s been in the First Tee program and that’s a kid to watch. DeGlynn’s a kid who has posted some good scores already. I really think we’re going to compete as a team this year.”<br><br>

“It’s Colby’s first year playing golf competitively, but I think he’ll be a nice addition,” Gilstrap said. “We’ve always had one or two good golfers. If we could pick our four or five best that’s been at Heritage we might wearing some rings. They just haven’t been all together.”<br><br>

Winkel  finished tied for second at the 7A state tournament and lost in a one-hole playoff and ended up third in the Overall last season, but Gilstrap said his development so quickly was unique.<br><br>

“He was the best player in Heritage history score-wise,” Gilstrap said. “The hard thing is to go from the 80s to the 70s. It’s a lot more mental. The most impressive part was his ability to control the space between his ears.”<br><br>

Gilstrap has been heaviiy involved in the First Tee program and he’s hoping to help any youngster learn the game.<br><br>

“That’s why I’m at First Tee,” Gilstrap said. “I want these kids to develop. I’m about golf.  Hopefully, I will get some benefit this year. But I want to see kids get to the level to compete against the country clubbers.”<br><br>

Rogers Heritage Lady War Eagles

Senior Chloe Kordsmeier and sophomore Kennedy Walters are a nice 1-2 combination, but again Gilstrap is looking for a third to step forward to make the team competitive.<br><br>

Kordsmeier and Walters both qualified for the second day of the Class 7A state tournament a year ago. However, the senior had knee surgery in May and will hopefully be ready for action soon, Gilstrap said.<br><br>

“Chloe scores in the upper 80s consistently. She’s a solid player,” Gilstrap said. “I think Kennedy will be one of the better players in the area, scoring in the low 80s and even the upper 70s.”<br><br>

Sophomore Samantha Sellek could give the Lady War Eagles a solid third option, along with junior Hannah Martin. <br><br>

“I think Sammy will be good to complete the team score,” Gilstrap said. “We just never have had enough to compete as a team. I’m really looking forward to this year.”<br><br>

 

 

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.
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