Triangle high school golfers reflect on season that could have been

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Deborah Spair’s senior golf season at Ravenscroft is likely over due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has taken out spring high school athletics in North Carolina. Luckily for her, though, she’s already mapped out the next phase of her career as she prepares to play at the University of Memphis.

“I feel grateful the whole process is over for me,” Spair said. “But I feel bad for some of my friends who don’t have it figured out yet, so I’m really lucky I figured it out already. The juniors and sophomores really have a disadvantage.”

Leesville Road sophomore Jason Kilman knows that feeling. He was hoping to shine this year and possibly catch the eye of a college coach. Now his season is in limbo and he may miss out on summer tournaments.

“I was playing a lot better since my freshman year and I was real excited to show how much I had improved,” Kilman said. “But, with this, now I can’t, and that really sucks. You can’t meet new people and be competitive, and now you just play by yourself and it’s not as fun as playing in competitive tournaments.”

Kilman still has two more years of prep golf left. Sanderson’s Harrison Keuhl doesn’t. Unlike Spair, Keuhl was going to use his senior campaign to map out his college journey. Now everything is up in the air.

Still, Keuhl isn’t bitter or mad about the circumstances.

“It’s kind of sad I don’t get to play my senior year,” Kuehl said. “But, I had a few matches, and I did really well in and improved on last year. I’m hoping if we do go back to school whenever we can that I can finish up this season with great ending.”

Each of them knows that getting back on the course this season is a long shot.

“It’s rough,” Spair said. “But I think it’s just understanding that everything happens for a reason.”

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