Meet the boys golf captains

Three-year varsity golfers Andrew Tauchen ’21, Caleb Kirk ’21 and Brendan Klutts ’21 discuss the highs and lows of their prep careers.


Jack Dickens

Andrew Tauchen ’21 reads the green before a putt on the 13th hole during a home meet at Finkbine Golf Course in 2018.

Joe Goodman, Sports Editor

The Trojan golf team is all about having fun.

In golf, where failure is commonplace and perfection is elusive, being able to stay positive after mistakes is as beneficial as any great drive or putt.

Head coach Don Bristow entered his 17th season leading the West High golf team this year and has entrusted three of his veteran golfers to lead the way for his young squad.

Juniors Andrew Tauchen, Caleb Kirk and Brendan Klutts were named captains at the beginning of the season and occupy three of the top four spots on the varsity team.

Tauchen produces impressive drives, rarely missing the fairway, and has great distance control with his irons. Kirk, regarded as the team’s best putter, is a more technical player with sufficient drives and straight-line approach shots. Klutts can drive with Tauchen and putt with Kirk when he’s playing well, but a couple of bad shots can derail his best round in an instant.

Freshmen Owen Larson, Brady Simcox and Luke Johnson round out Bristow’s varsity lineup. Danny Bodin ’20 and Harrison Reimers ’23 split time with the varsity as well.

The group of captains is looking to relay the knowledge imparted upon them by former state-qualifying captain Kyle Spence ’19, who mentored the trio last season.

Take a look at the infographic below to learn more about the boys golf captains.