Boswell takes over Kearney girls golf team

KEARNEY — Zach Boswell has high hopes for his first season as the Kearney girls golf coach.

“We have a chance to win conference,” Boswell said. “Of course, conference is a one-day tournament, so if we have a bad day that won’t happen, but any team could say that.”

Boswell said he hasn’t discussed with his new squad anything past the point of conference play, noting his team will focus on conference before focusing on anything past that.

Boswell, who has served in numerous KHS coaching roles across track and field and basketball, is working with three returning varsity golfers from last season’s squad that placed sixth at districts.

Senior Ellyssa Gallinger returns after performing as the Bulldogs’ top golfer a season ago. Gallinger placed 26th at sectionals and 11th at districts. Seniors Paige Ross and Sophia Martin also return after taking 23rd and 31st at districts, respectively.

Sophomores Kenzi Kutch and Jessica Riley are making an impact on the varsity squad, Boswell said.

“Our strength on the course is off the tee,” the coach said. “We certainly aren’t perfect, but I would say our accuracy off the tee has stood out as a positive overall. Our biggest weakness is for sure around the green and then on the green. If we get better at chipping and putting we can knock some strokes off of our total and just be better all around golfers.”

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