The Lake Havasu boys golf team finished ninth overall as a team during the second and final day of the AZHS Fall Preview in Phoenix on Saturday in what was a big learning experience for the Knights.
Senior Daniel Dion led the five Knights that competed in Phoenix at the Grand Canyon University Golf Course and finished tied for 32nd place.
At the end of the day, Lake Havasu coach Mike Washington said the final scores showed his players what they need to work on going into the rest of the season.
“We’re uncovering the things we need to work on,” Washington said. “Those things are the stuff about golf that is always easier said than done and that’s being a little more mindful during the round. In order (for the guys) to execute that, they have to learn how to be present in the moment, figure out what the best course of actions is and establish a plan of attack before the round.”
Junior Jaeden Hill finished 37th and senior Noah Elias was right behind Hill at 38th place. Senior Cody Ayers, who was playing through a shoulder injury, finished 43rd. Senior William Van Rooy finished tied for 50th place.
Washington said regardless where the golfers placed, he did notice guys using what they learned the first day to improve strategically in the second day.
Despite the struggles with the course, weather and finding a stride, the whole point of the Knights making the trip to the fall preview was to see a bigger scope of competition. Of course, Havasu wanted to do well but Washington said his players got what they needed to out of the tournament.
The Knights plan to take what went wrong at GCU and fine tune some things in practice in the coming days. However, Havasu has a short span of time to nail things down as it heads back out on the road for to Goodyear to face Glendale Raymond Kellis and host Desert Edge.
“I think once the guys learn how to replicate their movements they are going to be pretty good,” Washington said. “We’re trying to get them to buy into a process so they can set themselves up for success instead of just walking up to the ball and hitting. We saw some of that (Saturday).”