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story.lead_photo.caption FileMembers of the California Pintos boys golf team practice March 6. The season was cut short for student athletes across Missouri earlier this month, as Gov. Mike Parson ordered schools remain closed through the academic year.

Like track and baseball, the boys golf season was delayed and eventually canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The seniors of the boys golf team have had a mix of feelings since the decision first came out — the reactions ranged from shock to disappointment and frustration.

Senior Christopher Cassil said he was really surprised when the season was delayed, and it did not feel real when he first heard about it. Cassil said it still does not feel real to him, even a couple of weeks later. Cassil said he misses his daily routine.

"I miss the daily routine of going to school, seeing my friends, then always looking forward to golf practice with my buds after school," Cassil said.

Cassil said he has been playing golf as much as he can since the season was canceled.

"I continue to play when it's nice outside and play on the weekends with my dad," Cassil said.

Cassil said he could not really process the news when he heard the season was canceled.

"As I was informed, I went pretty blank, and I couldn't really process what was happening because it didn't feel real," Cassil said. "After a few days went by and it really hit, I felt a little discouraged and didn't know what would happen next."

Fellow senior Kueffer Koestner said he was not shocked about the season at first being delayed because of how all of the other school activities were getting cancelled.

"But I was kind of disappointed because I was looking forward to golf season this year," Koestner said.

Koestner said he still felt a little frustrated the season got delayed even though it was a good decision because of the outbreak. Koestner said he has been trying to keep playing golf at every opportunity he has had.

Koestner said it feels weird to him not having golf in his final year of high school.

"I was really hoping to have at least a few matches to be able to compete at just to be able to enjoy the golf match atmosphere in high school as a senior," Koestner said. "It's just feels crazy to think about how junior year was the last year competing as a Pinto, and how at the time we thought we had one year left. It sure is something I won't forget."

Senior Kyle Kirksey said his initial reaction to the season being delayed at first was extreme disappointment. He also said he was looking forward to making memories throughout the season.

"All of the boys golf team members had been talking about this season throughout the year and it was very disappointing to learn that we would not be able to participate," Kirksey said.

While at home, Kirksey said he had been working on his short game in his yard and focusing on touch and backspin for chip shots.

Kirksey said it was disappointing to learn the team wasn't able to build on its performances in past seasons.

"I had hoped at bare minimum that we could attend state again this season; however, that is not the case," Kirksey said.

Kirksey enjoyed his time on the the golf team, despite the disappointing ending.

"I have enjoyed what time I have had on the Pintos golf team and I look forward to seeing my little brother (Cole Kirksey) continue to play for the Pintos," Kirksey said.

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