GLADWIN – Jacob Shearer was all set to take over the Gladwin golf program when the season was delayed and then canceled due the the COVID-19 virus. This was to be Shearer’s first varsity coaching position. He does have some coaching experience having worked with the junior high track team in Farwell where he taught for three years before taking a position at the Gladwin Junior High. The 2010 Gladwin High School graduate is currently teaching social studies.
Prior to the shutdown, the golf team was practicing in the elementary school gym. He had his guy hitting foam balls off of matts while they worked on their swings. “We also did some short range chipping,” he said. “There is not a ton of stuff that you can do inside.” When we talked two weeks ago he still hoped that there was going to be a season, which we now know has been canceled.
Nine guys were signed up to play this season led by seniors Ethan Weston, Mitchel Duke, Haden Rowley and Justin Zietz. Also expected to play were Juniors Cal Woodbury and Grant Otto, sophomores Nathan Mattoon and Austin Volmering, and freshman Layne Walters. Their home course is Sugar Springs Golf Club where they were scheduled to host a tournament later this spring.
Shearer mentioned that he didn’t really know what to expect his year because he had spent so little time with his team. Once they got rolling he hoped to practice every day mostly on the driving range and putting greens at Sugar Springs. He had also hoped to be able to get on the actual course every other day for a few holes. It was going to be as much of a learning experience for him as it was for his players.