Saunders signs on as SHS golf coach |

Saunders signs on as SHS golf coach

KEYSTONE – The Summit High School golf team will swing into its season with a new leader, as Chris Saunders was named head coach this year.

Saunders, 34, will juggle his old job as ranger at the Keystone Ranch golf course with his new coaching position.

“I’m very excited,” Saunders said. “We’re very fortunate to use the Ranch for practices. I’m not familiar with a lot of individuals (returning) on the high school team, but I’m looking forward to the season.”

The golf team will have a mandatory meeting at the Ranch Monday at 9 a.m.. According to Saunders, 40 Summit students signed up to join the team in the spring. He said the team will tighten to 12 to 15 players after the first week or two of tryouts.

Only four players are needed to field a team at a varsity meet.

“You need to have a base, core group and work from there,” said Saunders, who played golf in high school and college. “We’re going to stay positive throughout the season. I’m going to sit down with each kid and get an idea of individual goals and specific coaching (strategies).”

Following Monday’s meeting, practice sessions will take place at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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