ENTERPRISE Building on a run of state golf appearances that began in 1999, the 13 male golfers out for Coach Mike Crawfords Enterprise High School golf team this year are eyeing trip No. 13.
For five-member teams to qualify for state, the team must finish either first or second at the district golf match late in the spring. Making EHSs string of state appearances more impressive is that Enterprise, a 2A school, competes with 1A, 2A, and larger 3A schools at district.
Crawford has three returnees from last years state qualifying team, but admits the team lost some of its firepower from a year ago when Cole Sajonia, who won the state individual title by shooting a cumulative five-under-par for the two-day tournament, graduated.
Sajonia now is attending Walla Walla Community College where he is studying golf management.
Returning from the team that went to state a year ago are senior Brock Hayes, junior Dakota Jenkins, and sophomore Cody Hopkins. Crawford says this is the fourth season Hayes has competed on the golf team.
Additional seniors out for the 2012 Outlaw golf team are Casey Marino and Andrew Horton.
Two refugees from the Enterprise-Joseph baseball team whose year has been canceled because too few baseball players turned out for that team are new golfers Cody Duquette and Jordan Wolfe-Castilleja, who both are juniors.
The boys claimed third place among seven teams that competed in a tournament in Echo last Friday, will compete in John Day this coming Friday, and, on April 2, will compete in the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Tournament, in Portland.
Of the six girls out for Crawfords team this spring, four are returners from a team that narrowly missed going to state a year ago by placing third in district competition. Unlike the boys team, the girls compete against schools in the 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A divisions. Crawford points out that, at district, EHS competes against golfers from such larger schools as La Grande and Baker City.
Hannah McCarthy, a senior, and Jill Morton, a junior, are the two upperclassmen returning from last years team. Also returning from that team are sophomores Hayley Riggs and McKenna Miller.
The fifth player on this years Enterprise team likely will be junior Stephanie George, Crawford says. The sixth and final girl out for Crawfords girls team is Napatsorn Pureejhip, an exchange student from Thailand who is picking up golf clubs for the first time.