Clawson High golf program expecting to see improvements

By: Christian Davis | Royal Oak Review | Published March 27, 2013

 Clawson High’s James Tomsick tees it up during practice March 21. With poor weather, the Trojans have been practicing indoors.

Clawson High’s James Tomsick tees it up during practice March 21. With poor weather, the Trojans have been practicing indoors.

Photo by Donna Agusti

CLAWSON — Granted, the golfers on the Clawson High team haven’t taken their swings to the course yet, but coach Brett Hansen likes what he sees.

“It’s hard just looking at a swing, but they’re faster, they’re stronger and they’re more controlled coming through the hitting zone,” he said March 21 as his squad took turns hitting into an indoor net.

Last season, the Trojans were chock-full of first-year golfers, many of them freshmen. Though still young this time around, Clawson has one senior, a junior, eight sophomores and two freshmen on the squad.

“We were 0-11 last year, and I still had the best time I’ve ever had coaching. It was rewarding and fun. They’re a good group of kids that work hard. As a coach, that’s all you can ask for,” Hansen said.

The coach noted that, at the beginning of last season, the team would be beat by 30 strokes or more. By the end of the year, the defeats were by single digits.

“They just closed the gap so well last year. So this time, our goal isn’t to just stay close, but to win some matches,” he said.

Sophomore Elvis Martinez said that he already sees some differences in his game.

“I feel a lot more confident. I’ve gotten used to what they taught me last year, and I use it every day,” he said. “I feel great that I can just go out there and feel natural doing it right.”

The Trojans compete in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division. Hansen said he expects defending champions Warren Woods Tower to again be at the top of the standings and for his team to be somewhere in the mix.

One of the keys to success is the team’s short game. While last season was about building and engraining fundamentals, Hansen said one of the goals this season is to improve course management.

“The game is still played from a 100 yards and in. Like last year, they’d be lying two from 50 yards away and then walk away with a six,” Hansen remembered. “We have to take the double bogeys and make them bogeys; take the bogeys and make them pars. It’s tweaking it from 100 yards and in.”

Martinez added that another key to success is keeping one bad shot from ruining a round.

“Some of us can have a really bad temper and think of that shot all day long,” he said. “(Coach) told us at the beginning of the year to forget about the shots that were bad and remember the ones that you were good at.”

Hansen believes there will be a lot more good shots to come, this season and beyond.

“They’ve all been bitten by the golf bug,” he said. “That’s a desire to play. I’m very excited about things.”