Rogers High golf preview

Rogers High boys golf coach Marcus Alexander can’t help but be excited for the upcoming season. The Mounties return four of their top five and the lone newcomer posted the low score at the recent Springdale Bulldog Invitational.<br><br>

Freshman Andrew Fakult fired a five-under par67 to earn medalist honors and lead the Mounties to the team victory as well with

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Trevor Brunson of Rogers watches his tee shot Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, during play at Springdale Country Club. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the match.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE
Trevor Brunson of Rogers watches his tee shot Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, during play at Springdale Country Club. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the match.

a sizzling team score of 286.<br><br>

“I had a young team, starting a freshman, a sophomore and two juniors,” Alexander said. “We’re definitely in a better spot as far as experience and we’re bringing up a freshman this year that’s already shooting some great scores.”<br><br>

Trevor Brunson, who earned all-state honors a year ago, fired two-under par 70 at Springdale Country Club to back up Fakult’s big round. Teammate Spencer Eiserman followed with a 73 and Marc Sussman at 76. <br><br>

“I’ve got three great seniors,” Alexander said. “They’re showing great leadership and playing smarter golf and I’m proud of them. I’m excited to see that trickle down throughout the team.”<br><br>

Alexander admitted his team was chasing a standout Fayetteville team. a year ago. <br><br>

“We knew we were chasing Fayetteville,” Alexander said. “Eiserman had  a great first day, but struggled the second. State’s about trying to get five guys to play for two days. That’s what our focus will be, playing both days instead of fading on the second.”

Rogers High Lady Mounties

Brooke Matthews may have taken her game to the collegiate level at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, but the cupboard is by no means bare this season for Rogers High.<br><br>

Senior Payton Smith and junior Amanda Sakalares both earn all-conference honors a year ago as the Lady Mounties won the conference title and finished third in the Class 7A state tournament.<br><br>

Lady Mounties coach Brenda Alexander said Smith is solid with her irons and pretty consistent overall.<br><br>

“She’s improved her short game and spent a lot of time in the summer improving her game,” Alexander said. “She’s a good driver of the golf ball.”<br><br>

Sakalares has also spent extended time on the golf course over the summer improving her game, Alexander said.<br><br>

“Amanda’s big thing is confidence with her spending more time on the course and maturing, that will help her,” Alexander said. “She’s a very hard worker and understanding the game of golf better and not to hang on to the bad things that happen.”<br><br>

Smith and Maggie Mosier played a lot of tournaments in the summer, along with Sakalares and there’s nothing better to improve your game, Alexander said.<br><br>

“It’s a different feel than going out and playing with your friends,” Alexander said.<br><br>

Senior Maggie Cook just needs more experience,  Alexander said. She’s also excited about several freshmen, who have showed promise.<br><br>

“They have a lot of energy and enthusiasm and that’s fun to deal with,” Alexander said.<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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