Returning Grant Union Prospector golfers have improved their first-game scores from last season.

That and having full teams for boys and girls is giving head golf coach Ron Lundbom hope for a great season.

“My goals for the boys is having a full team at districts,” he said. “Duane and Devon Stokes and Garrett Lenz play a lot of golf, and Kellen Shelley has made major improvements in the last two years.”

Duane Stokes, the sole senior for the Prospectors, is in his fourth year on the varsity team.

“As a team we’re going to do a lot better this year,” he said. “We have more talent and this year. We actually have a shot at state.”

He said it also helps that three of their top competitors in the district have graduated, including Logan Greib of Heppner. Shelley, a sophomore who is in his second year for the Prospectors, said he’s excited for the season.

“The team looks pretty strong this year, and we have more kids out,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be a fun year.”

Lundbom said the girls team was back to last year’s strength after a week and a half of practice.

“I’m optimistic that we’re going to do well,” he said. “Everything is going well so far.”

Sophomore Makenna Culley said she’s looking forward to the season.

“I think we’ve all improved quite a bit,” she said. “I’m looking forward to the years to come, and I think our team will do well.”

Grant Union is in the 3A/2A/1A Special District 3 with 15 opponents: Adrian, Burns, Burnt River, Central Christian, Cove, Echo/Stanfield, Enterprise, Heppner/Ione, Imbler, Nixyaawii, Nyssa, Pilot Rock, Union, Vale and Wallowa/Joseph.

April 6: @ Pendleton Country Club Invite, 10 a.m.

April 12: @ Heppner High School Invite at Willow Creek Country Club, 11 a.m.

April 20: hosts Grant Union Invite at John Day Golf Club, 11 a.m.

April 27: @ Enterprise Invite at Alpine Meadows Golf Club, 11 a.m.

May 4: @ Buffalo Peak Invite in Union, 11 a.m.

May 7-8: District Golf Tournament at Pendleton Country Club, 8 a.m.

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