Reuter leads inexperienced Clark Fork golf team

by Dylan Greene
Sports Editor | March 13, 2020 3:14 PM

CLARK FORK — A freshman phenom stepped on the golf course for Clark Fork last season and doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Cole Reuter cruised to the individual title at the 2A District 1-2 tournament last year and shot a 155 (+11) at the state championship to finish in a tie for sixth, eight strokes behind the state champion.

Now Reuter returns for his sophomore season and head coach Brian Arthun expects him to be in contention for a state title once again.

“The cool thing about Cole, which is unique, is he just didn’t get rattled,” Arthun said about Reuter’s first season. “If he hit a bad shot, he would just move onto the next one. His mental game was really good. He’s one of those guys no matter what’s going on he stays calm and he just enjoys the game and doesn’t get frustrated.”

Reuter and sophomore Carter San Roman are the only returners from last year’s team. As of now, Arthun has five boys playing golf this spring and no girls. Arthun said he plans on going classroom by classroom at the high school and seeing if any girls want to give the sport a try.

The other three boys on the team; Owen Bailey, Wyatt Kaiser and Matt Hobbs, are new to the team this season. Arthun wants to teach them the basics and have them consistently cut strokes throughout the year.

“The kids are really good kids that I know are going to take it serious and they are going to work on getting better,” he said.

This is Arthun’s third year coaching the team and he really enjoys introducing athletes to the game.

“That’s the nice thing about golf is it’s something they can take with them after high school and continue to do for the rest of their lives,” he said.

Arthun is expecting big things from Reuter because he spent last summer working at the Idaho Club and playing on the course whenever he had a chance. So Reuter shouldn’t be too rusty when the Wampus Cats tee off this season.

Reuter’s dedication for the sport comes from his dad and grandpa who taught him the sport. Arthun can see that passion for golf every time Reuter steps on the course.

“He just has a real love for the game,” Arthun said.

Despite the small team, Arthun is optimistic he can get the team to finish in the top four at districts to qualify for state.