Justin Inslee knows how to carry himself on the golf course. The rest of his Centaurus teammates will need a little guidance. The Warriors squad is young, raw and inexperienced.
Inslee, a senior, has qualified for the state tournament in both his sophomore and junior seasons and is looking for a third straight trip.
“It has been nice making state the last two years,” he said. “I want to get back there and improve upon my score. Top 20 is the goal.”
In 2010, Inslee finished in a tie for 39th place, shooting a two-round score of 159.
And while Inslee has been there before, many of his teammates have never even played in a high school golf tournament.
“We are very young this year,” CHS coach Mark Berkower said. “The early season goal is to get them acclimated to tournament play.”
While the Warriors are in a rebuilding year, Inslee is willing to help in any way.
“It isn’t so much getting them to be great this year, but if I can help teach them, they will be much better in the future,” he said.
The Warriors have 12 players on the squad this year. Five of the 12 are freshman. Nick Inslee, Justin’s brother, is one of the five and looks to add a unique aspect to the game for Justin.
“It is weird having him out here, but it’s kind of cool,” he said. “Most people don’t get the chance to compete with their brother so it is definitely something I will enjoy.”
Inslee loves the game but isn’t all about the glory.
“It would be great to be in the top 10 at the end of the year, but that’s not why I play the game,” he said. “I want to be the best I can be, don’t get me wrong, but I just love the game and playing in the beautiful Colorado scenery.”
As the Warriors look to do a little growing in 2011, they have the perfect leader in Inslee.
“He is a great young man and we want to get him back to state,” Berkower said. “He is a good player that can help these guys get better as the season progresses.”