Winfield girls golf

Winfield, Mo. - For new Winfield girls golf coach Bridget Baker, it’s all about teaching the game of golf – and having fun doing it. 

Baker replaces Brian Burgoyne, and she can’t wait to start the new season.

“I am super-pumped,” she said. “I’ve known some of these kids since they were in third, fourth and fifth grade.

“Plus, I love golf.”

The Warriors’ girls golf team has more than doubled since last year. Along with the familiarity with Baker, many of the returning players have introduced their friends to the game.

“I have 12 returning players this year, compared to just five last year,” she said.

Baker is also using modern technology to help teach her young players. Stats show each player has improved her driving and putting as the practices and season moves along.

“The goal is to keep reminding them how they’re growing and not get discouraged,” she said.

Winfield opens the 2021 season on Sept. 2 against Fort Zumwalt South at its home course, Sun Valley Golf Course in Elsberry. The Warriors will then compete at the Troy Invitational at Woods Fort Golf Course on Sept. 3, before traveling to the Washington Invitational on Sept. 7.

Even though her young squad will have a tough road at the beginning, Baker wants her girls to use the sport to find growth and happiness.

“I want them to have fun,” she said. “I want them to get better, honestly.

“That’s my goal, to find enjoyment in an extracurricular activity where they can belong.”