PREP GOLF: Nevada Union rebuilds under new coach
This year marked the dawning of a new era in girls golf at Nevada Union as the program began to rebuild under first year head coach Chris Buti.
“It was a complete rebuild of the team,” Buti said. “We only had a few players from the season before.”
That is in part because there were only a handful of players on the team last year, which forced Nevada Union to forfeit several matches a season ago.
Buti, who played on the Miners golf team as a high schooler and is a 1992 Nevada Union graduate, said his first order of business was to recruit students to the team no matter their experience or skill level. Buti was able to pull together a team of 18 which was the third largest in the Sierra Foothill League.
“I was very excited to have a squad of 18,” he said. “But, most had never really played.”
Every time a team goes into a rebuilding period it takes time for the efforts to be seen in the win column, yet the Lady Miners earned two wins on the season and finished above Folsom in the SFL.
Nevada Union was led by their seniors Lindsey Smith and Lilly Pruett.
“(Lilly) probably has one of the best swings I’ve ever seen,” said Buti.
The Lady Miners had a relatively young team with two seniors, four juniors, six sophomores and six freshmen, which gives Buti optimism for the future of the program.
“It sounds like most of them want to come back next season,” he said. “It will just matter how much work they put in during the offseason.”
As head of the program, Buti said he hopes to continue building interest in the sport around the community.
“I’m hoping to spur some interest about golf in our community,” he said. “I’d love to see more families out on the course.”
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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