By Mathew Brock

Pilot staff Writer

The Bruins golf team gathered at Kalmiopsis Elementary School on Thursday to hold their athletic awards banquet after wrapping up their season on May 8.

The Bruins took fifth place at the regional tournament held in Klamath Falls, but only the top three teams in the conference were destined to advance to the state level.

“It was a surprisingly successful season after I lost so many seniors last year,” said Bruins coach Gary Early. “I wasn’t even sure what was gonna happen with so many young guys.”

While Early was worried at the start of the season, the Bruins placed high in most of their tournaments and are shaping up to be a strong contender in their league in the years to come.

“These kids are gonna grow physically and if they keep swinging the clubs like they’ve been swinging they’ll end up being a real threat,” Early said.

Robbie Rowe, Zack Walker, Bret Darger, Cameron Kime, Luke Beaman, Nathaniel Barnard, Abby Walker and Mia Weaver all earned varsity letters and atheltic awards for golf. Ryland Bruce and Cort Marrid earned atheltic awards, but did not letter. The team’s only senior this year was Bret Darger, who also earned an OSAA Scholar Athlete award for having the highest GPA in the conference.

The Bruins are eager to return next spring, where Early hopes to have recruited a few new faces for the team. He particularly hopes to recruit another two female golfers so the girls can play with a full team next year.

Until then, Bruins golfers plan to play a few of the local tournaments at Salmon Run over the summer while also teaching several youth workshops the course will be hosting throughout the year.

One such workshop is planned for Monday, where the Azalea Middle School PE class will come out early in the morning to learn the basics of golf.

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