WAYNE – With the start of the 2022 boys golf season about a week away for the Wayne High boys golf team, the Blue Devils are looking forward to putting a quality team on the course.
A total of 12 outings (three JV only) will make up the WHS boys golf season.
Andi Diediker is entering his second season leading the Wayne High boys golf team.
The Blue Devil boys golf team is made up of 12 with a mix of returning and new players.
After getting a couple of their varsity members back following state basketball, the team has been able to get onto the driving range which was closed until earlier this week.
“We’ve really gotten out and played on the course more this year early than we normally have,” said coach Diediker. “Just because we haven’t had access to the driving range that did open up here recently. We can work on a little bit on full swings and different distances.”
Volunteer assistants helping coach Diediker will be Nick Curnyn and Justin Jones.
Tanner Walling is a two-time state qualifier as a freshman and recently as a junior last year (sophomore year canceled) where he tied for 19th at state while Bo Armstrong is also a returning state qualifier coming off a tied for 40th finish at state.
Another returning starter from last year’s team is Drew Sharpe who just missed qualifying for state by a few strokes.
“So, those three are going to be our big three this year,” coach Diediker added. “Really going to need them to carry us especially early in the season as some of the other guys get used to what’s going on. I’ll be leaning on those three to be some good leadership for us.”
The 2022 Wayne High boys golf season will open on Monday, March 28 during the West Point-Beemer Invite at Indian Trails Country Club in Beemer starting at 10 a.m.
Along with a home JV triangular and a home varsity invite being played at the Wayne County Club, the Wayne County Club will host the B-2 District meet on Tuesday, May 17 for the second straight year.
“When I found out that we were going to host districts again I was very excited,” coach Diediker mentioned. “Obviously any sports a big advantage, but golf when you’re playing in your own terrain and you’re comfortable there I think it’s going to be really helpful for us.”
Wayne JV will host a triangular on Tuesday, April 5 before the JV will compete in the LCC Invite as the varsity teams heads to the Boone Central Invite both on Thursday, April 14.
Other varsity meets include the Blair Invite (Tuesday, April 19); Columbus Lakeview Invite (Thursday, April 28); Oakland-Craig Invite (Saturday, April 30); Battle Creek will host the Mid State Conference meet on Tuesday, May 3; Wayne Invite (Thursday, May 5) and Norfolk Invite (Monday, May 9) before districts in Wayne on Tuesday, May 17.
Wayne will also send their junior varsity team to the Wakefield Invite on Friday, May 6 along with the Randolph Invite on Monday, May 9.
With all golf courses dealing with the same dry conditions, coach Diediker said the team will have to control their emotions.
“The greens aren’t rolling like true greens should right now,” said coach Diediker. “They’re bumpy, they’re dry, it’s going to be mental toughness thing. You can hit some good putts that normally might go in that are going to lip out, or going stay short or are going to race by.”
During the first invite in Beemer, golfers will be able to play their ball up meaning if golfers are in the rough or fairway in a bad lie, course officials will allow you to bump the ball up.
The 2022 NSAA Boys Golf State Championships will be on Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25. Class A will compete at the Norfolk County Club in Norfolk; Class B (Wayne) will golf in Scottsbluff; Class C will be the Elks Country Club in Columbus and Class D at Lake Maloney Golf Club in North Platte.