AURORA | Stan Adams has seen the sights and sounds of high school golf for more than three decades.
The opening of Eaglecrest High School boys golf tryouts Monday afternoon at sun-drenched Murphy Creek Golf Course felt very nearly — but not exactly — like it had so many other times for the veteran coach.
“When I looked out on the kids on the putting green, my body relaxed a little bit and I thought ‘this is almost normal,'” Adams said while perched in his golf cart above Hole No. 2 as he watched one of his threesomes play through.
Golf is the first of three sports that have been approved so far by the Colorado High School Activities Association — along with boys tennis and softball, which are slated to begin practice Aug. 10 — to return to action, even as schools continue to formulate what form they will take to begin the upcoming school year.
Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, normal this time for Adams included temperature checks, health questions that had to be logged online and the need to pull up a blue cloth gator facecovering when in close proximity to others — a rarity in a sport with naturally built-in social distancing — but the rest was all golf.
Adams got to see the progress of his budding sophomore Andrew White, who qualified for the Class 5A state tournament last season and shared top honors among Aurora-area players as he tied for 14th along with Regis Jesuit graduate Bo Wardynski.
White played in a number of junior golf tournaments over the summer, so he was aware of the new health measures that needed to be used before play.
“I think it went great,” said White, who shot 2-under-par. “It took like five minutes, we were all good to go and nobody really complained. We have to get it done so we can go play golf.”
Adams was cautiously optimistic that the season would at least begin as scheduled, with competition allowed as early as Thursday. For the Raptors, its an invitational tournament on Aug. 11, followed by the first Centennial League tournament on Aug. 13. Every time his phone buzzes, however, Adams knows it could be news that the season might be done.
Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports