CdS junior Nathan Scherotter seen as key to Aztecs’ hopes
an impressive finish in last year’s 5A state tournament and its core players
returning, the Corona del Sol golf team appears primed to win its first
championship in over two decades.
years ago we finished fifth in state; last year we were third. I think all
anyone can ask for is to keep on improving,” junior Nate
a sophomore this past year, Scherotter played a key role in the Aztecs’ run,
as well as being chosen by The Arizona
Republic to first team all-state.
personally like to make all-state and all-city again this year,” Scherotter
said. “Our team finished 19-4 last season, and when you look at our schedule I
think that, if we work hard, we could go undefeated.”
cites the determination of pro golfing legend Ben Hogan as a source of his own
Hogan was in a car accident, the doctors told him he would never play golf
again,” Scherotter said. “Two years later he was out on the tour and he won
two majors, so it’s just an inspirational story.”
new rules effectively splitting 5A varsity athletics into two separate fields,
the path to the championship was made easier for the Aztecs. The 2004 state
runner-up, Desert Mountain High School, now will become 5A division two and will
not compete against Corona in state.
However, a highly rated transfer and two top-ranked incoming freshmen have made Hamilton High School an instant rival.
will be tough to beat,” Scherotter said. “Our team is just as good as
theirs. If we play well there is no reason we can’t beat them.”
junior Kevin Kruft is an example of
the overwhelming depth that this year’s team has.
As a member of the JV team for the past two seasons, Kruft hopes to help
aid this year’s varsity squad in its pursuit of a state championship.
had a deep team last year and I feel that this year’s team may even be
deeper,” Kruft said. “I’ll
take our 12th man over anyone else’s in state.”
returning senior Mike Hedstrom is
known to blast the ball 280 yards off the tee regularly best in state.
power plays a large role in golf, another important element is the mental
want to stay mentally focused this year,” Kruft said.
something goes haywire I want to be able to keep going and finish the round. I
have to know that the round is not over.”
team dinners every week as well as times when the players get together to play
poker or go swimming, the Aztecs are making a priority of becoming a close-knit
unit. They are cautious, however,
about letting their friendships interfere with their play on the course.
you have friends it’s hard to keep mentally focused on the greens, but it can
be done,” Kruft said.
the Aztecs have consistently posted one of the elite golf teams in state, you
would be hard pressed to tell on the days of their competitions.
think our players would feel a lot more support from the school if people came
out and cheered at our games,” Scherotter said.
would be nice for the players to feel some recognition for all of their