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Junior Bormann a one-man Mitchell Christian golf team

Mitchell Christian junior Austin Bormann spends hours on his front lawn practicing his golf swing.

The Stickney native strikes golf balls at his house because it’s tough to get to a course in Mitchell. While other kids around the area have the chance to have a set practice, Bormann doesn’t because he is the lone representative of the Mitchell Christian Golf team.

“I actually live 30 miles away, so it is pretty hard to get on the golf course,” Bormann said, adding he practices at Lakeview Golf Course in Mitchell when he gets the chance. “We have a trash can full of golf balls, and I will pour them across the yard and just stand out there and hit them.

“I don’t have a set time that I go out there, but if I am struggling I will make it out there.”

The practice on his lawn makes his drive game solid, but Bormann said it can be hard to practice his putting. The lack of putting practice hasn’t slowed down Bormann this season as he has competed in three tournaments — the Huskie Invite, Custer Battlefield Highway Conference meet and the Pre-Region 3B tournament. Bormann took fourth at the Huskie Invite, eighth at the CBH Conference meet and third at Pre-Regions Monday.

“I have played pretty well this year,” Bormann said. “There is a little bit of rust here and there but Freeman was a good start to the year and I did well at Pre-Region. I would like to enter a lot more tournaments next year and do a lot more work in the summer. I am looking forward to seeing what I can do with this in the future.”

This is Bormann’s first year playing golf competitively.

Bormann said he went to MCS Superintendent Joseph Fox and Assistant Athletic Director Bob Lemon at the beginning of the spring season to ask if it was OK for him to play golf. They agreed that it was OK for Bormann, who is also running track this spring, to compete in golf tournaments.

“There is no real formal coach,” Bormann said. “My mom (Debra Bormann) just participates as the coach. She drives me to meets and signs me up for events.”