Coach Mitch Dean
Coach Cindy Derenzo
Sign Up Sheet: text me your first & last name, telephone #, email address and parents Information as well. When I communicate with you, I also communicate with your parents so they know what our golf schedule involves each week.
Preparation: complete all athletic requirements for participation online at the Horizon High School website. ALL requirements must be met before you are permitted to practice or compete. Open registration begins February 7th. Please take care of all requirements as soon as registration opens. See the athletic secretary, Ms. Wiesinger, if you have questions.
Dress: All courses have dress codes. You must wear a polo shirt or mock tee. You may wear khaki shorts or pants or golf skirt. No tee shirts, untucked shirts, jeans, or cutoffs of any kind are permitted.
Always bring rain gear, 2 X gloves, stocking cap, scarf, umbrella, towel & long sleeve shirts to practice & matches. Weather can be brutal.
Practice, practice, practice! We practice at Riverdale Golf Course immediately after school Monday through Thursday from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Since Wednesdays are unique, we will practice earlier, beginning at 1:30 PM and conclude by 3:00 PM.
Our first practice is Tuesday March 1st at Riverdale Golf Course at 4:00 weather permitting. Normally Friday is your day to practice or play. Generally we will not practice on Fridays. However, I can meet you for individual skill work on Fridays after our season begins. No practice on weekends. You are encouraged to play any of the local par 3 courses or putt putt courses on weekends.
To prepare for the upcoming season, you should practice now. You should be at the putting green and chipping green daily. You should practice for one to one and a half hours almost daily. We also have an arrangement with Top Golf to meet on Wednesdays between 1:30 & 3:30 PM. We conduct 30 minute swing sessions. Please text me what 30 minute swing session you would prefer. No cost.
At the driving range, every shot you take has a purpose. Distance is not the only goal. Accuracy is critical. Know the distance of each club in your bag. The goal at the driving range is consistency. Consistency comes with repetition, developing a smooth & effortless swing.
You should play at least once a week. 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? Remember, practice rounds are for working on your game to help you improve.
I am available almost daily to help you with your skill development. Text me to set up a practice time. Bring a teammate so you can both help each other. Video taping your stance & swing is a great tool to help you see what you are doing well while also seeing what you need to change in your mechanics.
Equipment: You are responsible for your equipment and all accessories and required golf essentials. Be prepared when you come to the course.
Horizon will furnish ten school bags for your golf clubs & accessories. I will furnish logo golf balls for match play. I also have practice golf balls for anyone who needs them.
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.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools maintain a strict zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing and initiation of any kind. Building administrators will review and potentially investigate any situation that involves hazing or initiations within a student group. Adams 12 Five Star Schools Superintendent Policy 5110 and Athletic Code of Conduct prohibit bullying, hazing, intimidation or threats.
Tri County Health Restrictions: Masks by athletes need not be worn during competition. However, masks must be worn anytime the athlete goes inside a public building.
Personal Health & the well being of others: if you are sick, do NOT come to practice. Do not place yourself or your teammates or coaches at risk. Use good judgement. Monitor your personal health & avoid groups or crowds.
Eligibility: Grades are checked weekly. Study sessions will be arranged if necessary.
You can only play if your grades are acceptable.
We have 10 matches scheduled thus far, combination of varsity & JV. You will play 9-18 holes of golf, walking the course, with a push/pull cart. Be in shape!
Goals: have fun; work to improve your golf swing, your mechanics, your knowledge of the game and your knowledge & understanding of the rules;
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.