Maple Leafs find there's an app for that.
Geneseo boys’ golf coach Kyle Bess is looking forward to doing a deep dive into the Leafs’ data in competitive matches.
“It’s a very quantitative thing,” Bess said. “It’s not like some sports that are objective. You can average it out and can say that a player shoots two shots less on average. For me, the first few (meets) are about gathering data which isn’t practice data.
“There’s a difference between nine holes on the same golf course and nine holes against other kids.”
Finding out players strengths and weaknesses can be just as important as knowing club selection, yardage and how to grind out a score under pressure.
However, the Leafs won’t need a scorecard and a stubby pencil to get started.
The Maple Leafs are using the 18Birdies app on their smart phones to help them keep tabs on more than just their scores during practice rounds.
With each round, the app helps players track fairways in regulation, greens in regulation, putts and much more.
It allows players to find out just where the numbers fall, and share their scores and stats with team members.
Embracing a new wave of golf tech, Geneseo players and coaches have a new way to look at their aggregate data.
Although they have a new tactic to try out, nothing can compete with the knowledge gained through playing for years.
Geneseo’s Mick Haverland and Will Pace have grown up playing golf and will be major contributors in their senior seasons.
In his first season with the golf team, Haverland earned a sectional berth and finished with an 88, tied for 73rd place.
Bess thinks Haverland’s swing is special and believes he will be able to use his experience from last season to put together a special senior season.
Pace has a lot of experience on the course working at Kewanee Dunes over the summer.
Bess believes Pace’s control and short game skills make him competitive on any course.
“He’s playing outstanding golf this summer,” Bess said. “He’s worked hard and you can tell it’s paying off.”
A sophomore, Seth Winchell was the Maple Leafs’ underclassman MVP and Winchell shot the low round at the Geneseo Invite frosh/soph meet last season.
Winchell played competitive golf on Iowa Junior PGA Tour over the summer, and Bess is excited about the progress he’s made playing competitively.
A junior, Ty Johnson brings a stoic mentality to the course, a demeanor that Bess thinks is invaluable.
“What I’m excited about is to watching that mentality pay off big time,” Bess said. “It’s huge in golf to not get caught up in the good shots and the bad shots. Ty, he really stays right in the middle.”
Another change that will benefit the Maple Leafs is the updates to the course’s drainage.
After several outings were canceled last season due to drainage issues, Bess has already seen the course hold up against tough conditions.
“With our booster club outing, we were able to have it after we had five inches of rain,” Bess said. “We were still able to play off it.”
Geneseo at Kewanee Quad
The Leafs competed at the Kewanee Quad at Baker Park Golf Course, in Kewanee, on Aug. 14.
GHS’ Mick Haverland started the season on fire earning medalist honors after posting a one-under round of 35.
The Leafs’ Seth Winchell made a nice contribution firing a 41, and Devin VanRycke had a solid start to the season with a 42.
Geneseo’s Danny Ford carded a 43, and Will Pace finished with a 44.
Ty Johnson rounded out the Leafs’ varsity scores with a 48.
Geneseo at Rock Island
The Maple Leafs beat out Rock Island 169-187 at Highland Springs Golf Course, on Aug. 15.
Patrick Turpin fired a 40 to lead the Maple Leafs, and Winchell continued his hot start with a 41.
The Maple Leafs’ Haverland carded a 43, and Pace finished with a 45.
GHS’ Danny Ford finished with a 45, and VanRycke rounded out the varsity scores with a 46.
Geneseo’s JV team edged Rock Island 190-195 on the front nine at Highland Springs.
Jarren Nordstrom led the way with a 44, and Ty Johnson shot a 46.
Zack Henderson finished with a 50, and Kaden Rink tallied a 50.
The Leafs’ Jack Roberts carded a 51, and Ben Ford finished with a 53.
The Maple Leafs next round will be at the Geneseo Triangular at Sugar Maple Golf Club on Aug. 21 at 4 p.m.
2017 Maple Leafs’ golf schedule
Aug. 21 Geneseo Triangular Sugar Maple G.C. 4 p.m.
Aug. 23 Geneseo at Alleman Indian Bluff G.C. 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 24 Geneseo at Ottawa Pine Hills G.C. 4 p.m.
Aug. 26 Geneseo Invite Sugar Maple G.C. 8 a.m.
Aug. 29 Geneseo at Sterling Emerald Hill G.C. 4 p.m.
Aug 31 Geneseo at Moline Oakwood Country Club 4 p.m.
Sept. 2 Rock Falls Invite Rock Falls Rock River C.C. 8 a.m.
Sept. 5 Rochelle at Geneseo Sugar Maple G.C. 4 p.m.
Sept. 16 Geneseo at Pekin LickCreek G.C. 8:30 a.m.
Sept. 19 Geneseo at LaSalle-Peru LaSalle-Peru Oakridge G.C. 4 p.m.
Sept. 23 Geneseo at Canton Invite Wee Ma Tuk C.C. 8:30 a.m.
Sept. 29 Geneseo Invite frosh/soph Sugar Maple 3 p.m.
Oct. 3 Regionals TBA TBA
Oct. 9 Sectionals TBA TBA
Oct. 13 State TBA TBA
Oct. 14 State TBA TBA