HELENA -- High school golf will continue to look a little different this year compared to last year, as Class AA and A get ready for the postseason.
Instead of players from other schools going toe to toe in the playoffs, it will be members of the same team teeing it up at the divisional and state meets this fall, something Helena Capital senior Brett Stoos said he hoped would change as Class AA gets ready for the playoffs that start on Sept. 24.
"It's kind of fun to meet new players, see how they play, how they see the course, how they do everything," said Stoos. "I'm playing with my team, everybody sees it the same way. It's just way different with different eyes."
Zita Graveley, another senior golfer for the Bruins, said this year has actually been a nice change of pace because she’s been able to spend more time with her teammates.
“It's been great, because we don't really see our teammates that much throughout a regular season," she said. "It's been nice kind of getting to know the girls more and also it's just nice playing with someone you know."
Though some like the change and others don’t, Capital head golf coach Casey Lyndes said the change in grouping has made a difference in his golfers, which has both positives and negatives.
"They're a little more relaxed, I guess, which could be good, could be bad. There's a little bit of the joking around, where when they're with other teams are more serious," said Lyndes.
Like it or not, high school golfers in Class AA and A will tee it up with their teammates for the rest of the season, starting at the divisional tournaments this weekend and culminating at the state tournaments, which start on Oct. 1.