“I think that kind of experience is priceless, to come here and see it all,” Phillips said. “We might have gotten caught up in being here yesterday and focusing on being in the tournament rather than really focusing on playing well. You don’t know, they’re kids. We’ll take it and learn from it, and we’ll get better next year.”
The Arabians lose only Rylan Denney from the state roster, but the team will be looking to fill several holes next year when the current juniors — who make up 60 percent of the roster — graduate. But Phillips said this season's success has brought a bit of a resurgence in the golfing community that he hopes can continue for years to come.
“I’ve seen some younger kids at some of our matches — at county and the conference meet where we played well,” Phillips said. “Hopefully, it will rekindle the fire in some younger kids to get back out and get into golf.
"That’s good for you, to know that our goals have changed. It used to be to get out of the sectional, and now it’s to get back to state.”