Liberty golfers look to redeem 2019 sectionals finish

Junior Cooper Stiles and teammates enter the 2020 season ready to redeem a rough outing at last year’s sectionals. Stiles is pictured during his backswing in a practice round in April 2019 at Shoal Creek Golf Course.

LIBERTY — The Blue Jays boys golf team finished last season with a conference and district crown, but tough outing at the state sectionals left Liberty wanting more.

Liberty finished in sixth place behind multiple teams it defeated at districts and were only able to secure two state qualifiers, Cooper Stiles and Michael Garcia.

“I really believe that missed opportunity fueled the team in the offseason,” Coach Jason Carr said. “They wanted to get this season going and go out and get some redemption from last season.”

Liberty returns this season with their top five golfers, which includes Stiles, Garcia, William Whitebird-Griffith, Zachary Harman and Jacob Lyon.

Carr said that the group has bought into what the coaches have told them they need to do this season to accomplish their goals to make state as a team.

“It’s been a lot of fun seeing the team come to practice each day with the right mindset to perform at their highest level,” Carr said. “So the potential to have a great season is there, right in front of us. We just need to decide as a team how far we want to go.”

The Blue Jays will start their season with the Truman Invite on Monday, March 23 at Drumm Farm Golf Club in Independence.

Sports Writer Mac Moore can be reached at 389-6643 or mac.moore@mycouriertribune.com.

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