By SCOTT TYLER

H-P Sports Editor



Heading to the regional golf tournament will be good experience for Elkhart freshman Colton Coleman, but Elkhart golf coach Scott Nettles knows his freshman has a chance to do more than just get some experience.

“If Colton can settle in a play as well as he is capable of playing, he has a shot to get to state,” Nettles said. “This is great experience for him and is a great confidence booster.”

Coleman will be playing in the Class 2A-Region III golf tournament on Monday and Tuesday at Oakhurt Golf Course in Bullard. Tee times will start at 8 a.m. both days.

Along with the top two teams in regionals going to state, the top two medalists who are not on a state-bound team — as long as they are in the top six overall — also will head to the state tournament.

Coleman reached the regional tournament by taking third overall at the District 21-2A golf tournament with a two-round total of 163.

In the first round of the tournament at Elkhart Golf Course, Coleman opened with a triple bogey on the first hole but recovered and finished with a 74.

“That showed Colton’s composure to struggle on the first hole but finish only two behind the leader,” Nettles said.

The following week, Coleman shot an 89 at Pinnacle Golf Course in Malakoff. Nettles said Coleman struggled in a couple of holes but still finished third, five strokes behind the leader.

Nettles said Colemanhas a strong all-around golf game which has helped him reach regionals.

“He is long off the tee box and as the year has gone on, he has gotten a lot better around the greens,” Nettles said. “He also has been hitting his irons well and lately has been chipping real well.”

Nettles said that it may come down to Coleman’s play on the green if he wants to make it to the next level.

“As long as he can keep the ball straight, it will come down to his putting,” Nettles said.

Coleman is Elkhart’s lone four-sport varsity freshman as he played football, basketball, golf and runs track. The freshman Elk has stayed busy during the spring as he is preparing for the regional golf tournament and he is on a track team which qualified for regionals.

“He has really excelled at this level,” Nettles said. “I do not think he had the success he wanted from football and basketball but he is now finding that success at golf and track. It has been really good for his confidence.”

Coleman practices with the track team during Elkhart’s regular workouts and then will hit the golf course afterwards.

“He gets out to the golf course at least four days a week plus the time he goes on his own during the weekends,” Nettles said. “There are times that he will go through a heavy track workout, not get out to the golf course until 5 (in the evening) and then walk the golf course.”

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Scott Tyler may be contacted via e-mail at styler@palestineherald.com

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