TEXARKANA, Texas — The postponement of all golf competition was the biggest surprise of the high school golf season.
Pleasant Grove head golf coach Ryan Romero is in his first year as a Hawk coach.
"It's looking like the whole season is going to be canceled, and it stinks," Romero said. "They haven't told us that officially, but it is not looking good. It is all up in limbo."
The postponement of the season especially stung for the Hawks' best player, Reed Foster. Foster is originally from Dallas and transferred from McKinney Boyd High School. Foster was a late transfer, but the Hawks got him qualified after going in front of the UIL Board.
"Reed has a really good chance to go to state," Romero said. "He has been playing golf for a long time. Reed has played in only one tournament. He's a good golfer. He hits the ball a long ways, has a good short game and is mentally solid. It was fun and easy coaching Reed."
Qualifying for regionals was Romero's first goal that he set for the team at the beginning of the year. If the season continues, Romero said that he thought Foster could have won state. The girls team is on a building year.
"A lot of the girls have not been playing too long," the PG golf coach said. "They are young. They are juniors, sophomores and freshmen. They won a city tournament that was hosted by Liberty-Eylau at New Haven Golf Club. It was a small tournament, but we beat all of the local teams."
Romero has been communicating with players through Groupie, which is a social networking, group-messaging app.
"I didn't get a chance to talk to the team after the school closed," Romero said. "We can't have group practices so I have been communicating through Groupie. I told them that they can come out on their own or a couple of them can go play. I've been sending them some swing videos. All I can do check on them. Coach (Josh) Gibson wants us to check on them every other day. He wants us to stay engaged, so I have been trying to do that.
"A lot of them have been playing on their own. Most of them, the ones that are taking it seriously, have been practicing. I don't know how locked down a lot of them are; I don't know how many are being allowed to get out and do stuff. It's crazy. Hopefully, we get to finish out some kind of season."