Coach Mitch Dean
Tryouts: Monday August 10th and Tuesday August 11th at Riverdale Golf Course. Mark these dates on your calendar!!!
Preparation: secure the required paperwork from the athletic department ASAP. Check the Horizon website for required paperwork to participate in Horizon athletics. Make arrangements immediately for a physical.
Turn in all required paperwork & fees to the athletic secretary in August during athletic check in.
Monday, August 10th, report to the putting green next to the clubhouse by 8:00AM. Have your paperwork from check in with you to give me. If you have not completed check in, you will not be allowed to try out for Horizon golf this year! If you miss tryouts on Monday & orTuesday, there are no make up dates. Therefore you will NOT be a part of Horizon's team. If these dates interfere with summer work or vacations, I'm sorry, but our season begins onAugust 13th & our team will be established on Tuesday August 11th after you complete the second day of competition.
Bring money for the driving range and for your rounds of golf. You must pay for your rounds of golf each day & use of the driving range. Pay at the pro shop. Call the course for costs of the Knolls and the Dunes. 303 659 - 6700. You must walk the course. You will play 18 holes of golf each day. Monday, we will play the Knolls course, Tuesday, the Dunes course.
I only keep 10 - 12 positions on the team. During tryouts, I will use your best front nine or back nine scores each day to determine your overall 18 hole score. Example - Day 1 on the Knolls, I shoot a 43 on the front nine & a 47 on the back nine. On day 2 on the Dunes, I shoot a 50 on the front nine & a 45 on the back nine. Taking my two best nine hole scores each day, I would select my 43 on the front nine of the Knolls & my 45 on the back nine of the Dunes for a total of 88.
Dress: All courses have dress codes. You must wear a polo shirt or mock tee. You may wear khaki shorts. No tee shirts, untucked shirts, jeans, or cutoffs of any kind are permitted. Inappropriate dress will prevent you from trying out.
Required: You MUST attend both days and finish 18 holes of golf each day to qualify for one of our ten – twelve positions. You must also be eligible academically. If you fail to meet either of these requirements, you will not try out nor qualify for Horizon’s golf team.
Practice, practice, practice! You need to be at the putting green and chipping green daily. You should be practicing for one to one and a half hours almost daily. At the driving range, every shot you take has a purpose. Distance is not the only goal. Accuracy is critical. You should play at least once a week. Play with people you don’t know. This adds pressure and helps you handle pressure situations. After you play, go over your scorecard. What were your strengths? Weaknesses? What part of the game needs more attention? How would you play the course the next time?
Clinics: Riverdale conducts clinics & lessons all summer long. Hopefully you will take advantage of them. Call the clubhouse at 303 659 - 6700 to get more information on their clinics. You can also go online to find this information at Riverdalegolf. Other courses offer clinics as well. Contact Thorncreek Golf Course, Indian Tree Golf Course, Flatirons Golf Course & or Gold Crown for times, dates, & costs.
Equipment: You are responsible for your equipment and all accessories and required golf essentials. Be prepared when you come to the course.
Weight Room: The weight room is open all summer. Take advantage of this. Take a friend to help you with your workouts. Increasing your strength is a necessity in golf.
Goals: Why are you trying out? Why are you playing? Your goals should be to improve your game, to compete, and to have fun. Listen to instruction, ask for help, and work on the advice your coach (s) gives you. Realistically you must shoot a 90 or below to make Horizon’s golf team. This creates a lot of pressure. You must be able to handle it.
Ethics: Like any sport, we have very clear ethical practices for our participants. Cheating of any kind will result in immediate dismissal. Profanity, throwing clubs, being disrespectful towards the course, course officials, teammates, coaches, and yourself will also result in immediate dismissal. We demand respect, good sportsmanship, and your best behavior at all times.
At the top of this letter are my phone number and email address. If you text, call, or email me, be sure to include your name. I will get back to you as quickly as possible.