Summer a time for Mansfield golfers to gain experience

07/14/2014 11:07 AM

07/14/2014 11:08 AM

Trampas Wilson knows summer is a great time to play golf.

As the head golf coach at Mansfield, he said this is when the bulk of his varsity players for the coming year will gain much of their course time and experience.

And as a perennial state contender, Mansfield golfers know every opportunity to improve may make the difference in the spring UIL tournament. The fall season will obviously come even sooner.

“I tell them to practice every day,” Wilson said. “We have a saying about being the ‘last man standing.’”

While Wilson attends the course every day, he waits to see which player will be the last one to leave the course, having put in as many hours as possible before the sun sets.

“They need to play as much as they can,” Wilson said. “The fall season will come in just the second week of September. We’ll start right off and get them running two miles and doing push-ups, crunches and dips on Monday and Friday and then playing golf on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It’s a busy five days.”

The talent and time on the course is paying off, thus far, for some of the Mansfield golfers.

Collin Clark recently brought home the championship trophy at the City of Fort Worth Junior Championship.

Wilson noted a Tigers golfer has now brought home the title in four of the last five years.

It’s not just the boys who are seeing stellar performances in the summer season.

Tanner Wilson, a rising senior and the daughter of Coach Wilson, registered her second hole-in-one at the Lanny Wadkins Junior Championship at Prosper. Tanner knocked it in on a 150-yard, par-3 hole.

The summer’s work on the course will be needed for the tradition-rich Mansfield program to again make a run.

The Tigers graduated their top five players, who have gone on to start their collegiate programs.

Last year, Mansfield finished 15th at the state tournament, and in Wilson’s six years at the helm of the program, the Tigers have advanced to the state meet five years in a row.

Wilson expects the Tigers to again get on a roll, as there will still be many returning players with experience and there will only be one senior in the new top five players.

By contrast, Brad Higgins, the head coach at Timberview, said he will have just one returning varsity player coming back.

“He went to a camp at (the University of Texas) right after school was out,” Higgins said. “Any others are freshman beginners and they just need to play, play, play.”

With the feeder programs focusing on golf, too, as a key sport in the Mansfield ISD, Timberview is already beginning to reap some benefits. Some of those benefits will soon be felt by Higgins at Timberview.

“Coach (Tyson) Wilson at James Coble (Middle School) has worked closely with Coach (Lindsay) Matthews and I and he is sending us more kids this coming year than any time before,” Higgins said. “We have one freshman coming from Danny Jones (Middle School) that I know of, maybe two.

“Check back with us after Christmas and see how much we have improved,” Higgins said in anticipation.

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