Whitfield is no stranger to playing in the Class 2 state golf tournament and the Warriors are also almost there again.
Whitfield will play Monday (May 9) in the Class 2 Sectional 1 tournament will be held at The Falls Golf Course in O’Fallon. The Warriors won the District 2 tournament to advance to the sectional meet.
The Warriors won the sectional last year and finished fourth at state.
While it would be nice to win the sectional again, Whitfield coach Harold Barker said it’s crucial to just play well so the Warriors can move on to state.
“It is important (to win the sectional), but again, we just want to improve our score,” Barker said.
Whitfield shot a 326 to win the district championship.
The Falls Golf Course will host Whitfield as well as Saxony Lutheran and Arcadia Valley that got out of the District 1 tournament along with Lutheran St. Charles, the runner-up to Whitfield in District 2.
The sectional course is a good one for the Warriors, Barker said.
“The course sets up well for us because it allows us to play a control game and does not require a ton of length,” Barker said. “We know Lutheran St., Charles will be working to track us down and that is all the motivation we need.”
Barker said his team has the ability to reach the state tournament again.
“We just need to play to our strengths and we need to be prepared and focus on our process and approach to the game of golf,” Barker said. “We cannot be overconfident because Lutheran St. Charles is right on our heels.
“I am just so proud of our guys not getting caught up into thinking they are better than everyone else. My guys are hungry but stay humble which is exactly what you need this time of year.”
The Warriors handle pressure well, Barker said. He expects them to be ready to play Monday.
“This is probably our biggest area for improvement right now,” Barker said. “These guys are very capable of keeping bad thoughts out of their head, but often the seeds of doubt sprout and can take over a round. Right now, it seems like the guys find ways to bounce back.”
The state tournament will be played May 16-17 at the Sedalia Country Club in Sedalia.