Bellevue girls golf

Coach: Walt Snyder

2017: 3rd in SBC Lake

Returning letterwinners: Seniors Riley Hager; Tristian Rupp.

Others: Senior Cassandra Biedrcycki. Sophomore Lara Spurlock.

Outlook: There isn’t much experience for Bellevue, but Snyder has been surprised with the start for his team.

Snyder said this is the best start Bellevue has had since it developed a girls program seven years ago.

“They have started off way better than I thought,” he said. “It’s surprising, but not all that surprising seeing all the hard work they put in out there. They just have to keep improving.

“Spurlock is in her second year, Hager improved every year and that’s what it takes in golf. It’s all about practicing, practicing and more practicing. Golf is funny. You can be the best one day and then terrible the next. It’s just how it goes and these girls have to realize that.”

Snyder said he had some girls who never played golf before this season, so he had a professional come into Bellevue in the winter for a few days and then again in July to make sure they don’t go into the season knowing nothing about the game.

“They teach technique and rules and that stuff about the game. I guess it’s worked out so far for us,” Snyder said.

He said he’s mostly been preaching to the players about how to approach different holes and trying to make them read the greens and how different they are at different courses.

“We are trying to limit our putts this year. We are always practicing with chipping and the short game as well,” Snyder said. “All greens are different.

“I know in the league Norwalk will be tough and Shelby has probably the two best golfers in the area as one of them shot a 67 this year already. If you are playing bad one night, you’ll get beat. It just takes one new player or a good freshmen to switch up the conference. I’ll know more when we’ve seen everyone at least once.”