When the Guthrie High School boys golf team opens the 2019 season tomorrow at the Lake Dallas High School Invitational at Bridlewood Golf Club in Flower Mound, TX, they will be beginning the journey to become the best golf team in school history.
Last season the Bluejays beat defending state champion Bishop McGuinness by eight strokes to capture Guthrie’s first state title since 1998. With the top six players returning in 2019, the Bluejays will be looking to do something no other Guthrie team has ever done before—winning back to back state titles.
“My challenge to them this year has been they can be satisfied or they can be special,” GHS Hall of Fame member and NFHS Coach of the Year Ric Meshew said. “No other Guthrie team has ever gone back to back.”
The Bluejays have been close to repeating at the state tournament in Meshew’s 27 years as the head coach. Guthrie won it all in 1992 by 35 shots. In 1993, they fell one stroke short of repeating. Guthrie won it all in 1998 before following it up with back-to-back second place finishes. Now in 2019, with everyone back, they’ll look to catapult themselves into the best ever conversation. Meshew says this group is poised to win it again, they just have to be hungry enough to do it.
“In their minds, they expect to win it again,” Meshew said. “They are very confident. I actually made them some ball markers this year that say ‘be humble but be hungry’ on them. That’s what we’re working off of this year. Don’t strut around because you won it last year, but be confident in the fact that you did win it. We have the opportunity to do it again. Don’t be satisfied because you won one, go win another one.”
Besides going back to back, Meshew has also challenged them to do something no other Guthrie team has ever done before--win their own tournament. Meshew says the Bluejay Bash will be the hardest its ever been this year. With 43 teams, the field is stacked and will be a challenge to win.
“What I’d really like to do is to go win the Bluejay Bash. We’ve never done that before, including the state championship teams,” Meshew said. “It’s such a tough tournament with all the really good private schools in it. It’s almost harder to win that than the state tournament. We’ve won a couple of those, but we’ve never own the Bluejay Bash before.”
It’s widely accepted that the 1992 team is the best group in school history. They won 11 out of the 14 tournaments they played in and won the state tournament by five touchdowns. They had five eventual All-Staters on that team. While winning 11 tournaments for this squad would mean going undefeated, Meshew says adding another ring or two would give this group the argument as the best ever.
“Right now, the 1992 team is undoubtedly the best team we’ve ever had here,” Meshew said. “They set the bar extremely high for every other team. If this team goes out and gets a second state title, then it becomes a different story. If they could go get two of them, they could argue they were the best team ever if that were to happen.”