Erick Starkey/News Highland’s Owen Mott takes a shot with the golf simulator Tuesday during practice.

HIGHLAND — The Highland boys golf team is poised for a solid season because it is seeing the benefits of its newly started middle school program, as well as the ability to play indoors, all year round.

“The team’s looking really good. They always put in the hardest work,” senior Noah Dado said. “Every day they are always out there playing if we have practice or not.”

Under the direction of Chris Rupe, with the assistance of Scott Watson and Highland athletic director Mike DeLaney, Highland implemented a middle school golf program a few seasons ago. In its first year, the team had seven players, a number that has dropped, but only to five, this season.

“I saw the opportunity to start a middle school program, seeing kids who can perform for us later down the road,” Rupe said. “It was well worth putting in the time and effort into it.”


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