Coach: Nathan Newell
The GHS Golf team practices at one of the state’s top ten courses, the Dogwoods at Hugh White State Park. They’re coached by Jeff Sandford, who manages the course and is a PGA Class A professional golfer.
The small group of dedicated players from GHS meet weekly throughout the short season — generally March and April — where they brush up on the fundamentals before hitting the links to play.
“It’s golf team, not golf class,” says Sanford. “Players need to have a general idea of how to play before joining the team.”
Sanford advises players on their grip, aim, alignment and swing. After that, he says, it’s just practice. “Get out there and play.”
In addition to mentoring the players, Sanford schedules matches with other schools, both in the district and outside. He usually schedules 8-10 matches, both away and at the Dogwoods.
By Mississippi High School Activities Association standards, a school team needs at least four players. A coach can take up to five players to compete but most take the four lowest scores to determine the team score. At the end of the match, there are individual player and team awards.
Golf is a co-ed sport and has previously included girls and boys on the team. Tryouts for the team are held in the early part of the year prior to the spring season.
In addition to technique and basic rules, Sanford says he tries to teach players gamesmanship and court etiquette. But in the end, as with any sport, it all comes down to practice.
“When golf season is over, now’s the time you get better,” Coach Sanford says. “It’s up to you to come out and practice. I’m always happy to give my time and help.”
2023 GOLF SCHEDULE
February 27 @ Dogwoods - 9 a.m. (18 holes)
March 6 @ Mallard Pointe - 1:00 p.m. (9 holes)
March 23 @ Mallard Pointe - 10:00 a.m. (18 holes)
March 27 @Mallard Pointe - 10:00 a.m. (18 holes)
April 4 @ Mallard Pointe - 9:00 a.m. (18 holes)