When the Marceline boys' golf season begins on Tuesday against Moberly, coach Tim Jordan expects very little to turn into a great deal.
Realistically, Jordan said, the Tigers are striving for a plaque at the state level. Marceline lost seven seniors from last year's club, but led by William Woods signee Trey Hamilton, Jordan expects the Tigers to continue a streak of conference championships that seemed like it began in a different lifetime.
"We have 10 kids out, so the numbers are down from previous years, but the goal hasn't really changed," Jordan said.
Jordan said that the three through five spots will be up in the air, especially with the return of senior Rylan Chrisman to the program after skipping his sophomore and junior seasons. Chrisman will be a threat to post quality scores, Jordan says, as will senior Brandon Swanson and football lineman Colby Sims.
Jordan said that questionable weather, as always in the month of March, has prevented his team from entering its full stride before the competitive season begins.
""We've had some pretty bad weather, but we've gotten out a couple of times this week," Jordan said. "It's been pretty brutal on them. One day, when we finally got outside, we had snow flurries. We've been video taping their swings when we're inside, and we like to focus on the mechanics. We've been working a lot on their short game.
"I want to see these kids get better and better every week, but it won't happen overnight. If we can shave off a stroke a week, that'll have a huge impact on team scores."
The Tigers only have one home event this season when they host a tournament on April 11. After Tuesday's opener, the Tigers have a meet on March 26. The grind truly begins on April 3 when Marceline begins a span of four events in four days.