Alex Ross prepares to hit a ball off the practice range. Photo Credit: Alex Ross

The golf season has officially teed off and the Pace teams are excited to get out and begin play. The boys and girls teams practice every day at local courses like Bobby Jones, Chastain and Legacy Golf Links in order to perfect their craft and prepare for upcoming matches. The first match was on March 3 against the Walker school, a school that is historically great at golf. Despite chomping at the bit to begin match play, the Knights are most excited to play their area rivals G.A.C. and Lovett. “I can’t wait to have a head-to-head against our region rivals,” said junior Jack McMillin. “I would love to hold a win over the heads of some of my buddies on the Lovett team.”

Mr. Player, the head coach of boys golf and high school English teacher, has played golf all his life and loves the sport. Although teaching English and coaching golf seem very different, Mr. Player finds similarities in both. Renowned for his upbeat attitude, his fancy clothes, and his comical and in-depth golf write ups, Mr. Player is loved and respected by his golfer students. “I have the pleasure of experiencing Mr. Player as both a coach and a teacher,” said junior Barrett Baker. “He is so approachable, and I see him as much as a friend as a mentor.”

This year, the team is led by junior captain Alex Ross. Returning to the team are seniors Kyle Orr, Jack Dwyer, Jake Richards; junior Jack McMillin; and sophomore Marc Mitchell. This tight-knit group loves to joke around and hang out off the course, but once they hit the fairway, all jokes are put aside. The team becomes ultra focused on the task at hand and they concentrate on their technique. Jack McMillin, who has played golf since he was ten, appreciates the fun-loving nature of the team, but also respects the focus and dedication of his teammates. “This team is unique from most sports teams because of how close we all are,” he said. “We win and lose as a team and always support each other, even on our bad days.”

The team hopes to improve upon their successes from last year. The team earned a respectable fifth place in state in the 2015 season. “Our expectations are very high this year,” said Coach Player. “With Jack McMillin back this year, we will have a older, more experienced team that should be able to place high within our region.”