MANISTIQUE - The Manistique golf teams hope their experience will help make up for lost time as they try to open their seasons within the next week.
Manistique, which originally planned to begin its season April 15, has 24 boys and six girls on its roster.
The boys were scheduled to open at Norway today.
"We're quite pleased to have that many boys," said coach Deb Taylor. "We also have quite a few returning, including four of our top five. We're still looking to fill the No. 5 spot. We don't have a driving range and the weather conditions have made things difficult. Although, everybody is in the same boat."
The girls were scheduled to host an invitational of their own today. The scramble event, however, was cancelled because Indian Lake Golf Club isn't ready to open. They hope to open on their home course against Menominee and Westwood on Monday.
"The girls also have some experience," said Taylor. "Three of our top five are back from last year and three of the six are doing two sports. Many of our more experienced golfers have been helping out with the new kids. They've always been like that. They seem to help each other out. We also have a lot of parents helping out, many with golf experience."
April 29 - boys at Norway.
May 5 - Westwood and Menominee; May 6 - at Negaunee; May 13 - at Munising; May 16 - at Munising; May 19 - Escanaba and Munising; May 22 - M-PC meet; May 27 - Gladstone and Newberry; May 28 - U.P. D-1 Finals at Marquette.
The boys are led by seniors Alex Anderson and D.K. Boyd, junior Zach Powers and sophomore Tyler Tobin.
"We'll rely on them quite heavily," said Taylor. "We have 4-5 other boys, including two freshmen, vying for the No. 5 spot. We haven't seen them play yet, but one of them has been hitting the ball into the net pretty good. He has been pretty consistent."
The girls return their top golfer, junior Hailey Hoholik, from a year ago. Also returning are senior Breanna Bosanic and sophomore Rachel Ryan.
Newcomers include senior Vanessa McNamara, junior Maggie Morrison and sophomore Lexi Carlson.
"The girls are doing quite well," said Taylor. "We're looking for good things from Hailey and Rachel."
The Emeralds, who host the Mid-Peninsula Conference meet May 22, are returning to Division 1 this season after spending last year in D-2.
"We were there with the bigger schools before," said Taylor. "We'll just hold our own and see what we can do. All I ever ask of the kids is to do their best."