PBHS golf team will make full transition to grass greens

For the first time in the history of the Peabody-Burns High School golf program, the Warriors will be competing in all grass-green tournaments this season.

Previously, Peabody-Burns has competed in a combination of sand-green and grass-green tournaments. 

Before this season, they participated in the regional and state sand-green tournament.

?Fortunately, it?s not going to be as tough as it could be, because most of our matches during the year were both (sand and grass),? coach Jim Pohlman said.

?The Heart of America League we play in, everybody else is grass greens,? he said. ?The tournament has always been at Hesston. My boys have placed second at Hess?ton every year. So, (the transition is) not going to be as bad as it could be.?

Pohlman said the biggest differences between sand and grass greens are the location of the hole on the green and the speed of the ball off the putter.

On sand greens, the hole is always in the center of the green. On grass greens, the hole can be anywhere.

As far as the speed of the ball, the ball moves a lot faster on grass.

Not having a grass-green course in Peabody, the Warriors travel to the Newton Public Golf course to practice.

Even though the Warriors are making the transition to postseason grass-green competition, Pohlman expects a trip to state as a team.

?That?s my goal,? he said. ?I think we can (qualify), but they?re going to have to play well. There?s 38 teams last year that played 2A grass.?

Peabody-Burns does return one golfer with state experience. Jason Wingart placed 19th in the state sand-green competitions at Tipton Oaks Country Club.

Peabody?s first all grass-green season starts April 6 at the Chase County Invitational. Teams will tee off at 3 p.m.

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