It's been years since Murray County Central has had a boys golf team. And the Rebels are not wasting any time performing.
MCC has had a solid season and junior Devin Erickson is one of the Rebel boys golfers that has been playing well this spring.
And he's improving each time he steps on the course. Through four meets, Erickson is shooting a 41 average and has shaved two strokes off his score each meet.
"He lives out at that golf course. He's out there during the offseason," said Rebels head coach Kim DeLong. "Almost all the boys on the team are out there. Him and Adam Christensen have a stroke record of 41. They are doing well."
Erickson said he's on the course every day during the summer, and it's about enjoying the game.
"He's been out there a lot. His father golfs a lot, his grandparents are out there," DeLong said. "He has commitment."
Despite playing a lot of golf, Erickson said the first meet brought on some nerves.
"It was kind of nerve-racking. We haven't really golfed against any teams before," Erickson said. "I've golfed with the people, but not in competition."
Erickson shot a 44 in that first round and has brought his score down two strokes each time the Rebels take the course, shooting a 38 in his last round.
DeLong sees where that ability comes from.
"He's committed to golf. He has the drive to golf," DeLong said. "As long as he stays focused, he can have some bad shots and come back. He's also a team player."
For Erickson, it all starts with his driver. He averages 275-280 yards from the tee and is able to use solid iron play to get him near the greens.
"Driving, I'm going about 275-280, somewhat straight. I wish I could say it was straight every single time, but it doesn't happen. It's all mental," Erickson said. "My irons, they are consistent. Chipping is OK. Putting, I'm getting better now that we have the club pro as the assistant coach."
Another key to Erickson and the rest of the MCC team's success is they have several players that shoot very close.
"I think it helps," DeLong said. "They all try and put a lot of pressure on themselves, but we tell them to go out and play the game, do their best. They all work well together."
Even though they haven't had high school golf at MCC recently, Erickson sees success in the future.
"There were a lot of us that thought we would be able to do well," Erickson said. "Maybe have a chance to go to state, but we all need to golf well.
"It actually feels pretty good, knowing have a chance."