Wellington James Ginter named 2021 Kansas Boys Golf Coach of the Year by Coaches Association

Greg Williams
Wellington Daily News
Wellington boys golf head coach James Ginter walking with Brett Wyckoff at the KSHSAA 4A State Golf Tournament in Dodge City

WELLINGTON, Kansas - It has been an incredible season for the Crusaders golf program. Wellington won every tournament, including the KSHSAA 4A State Golf Tournament and now add another accolade to their season.

Crusaders head coach James Ginter has been selected as the 2021 Kansas Coach Association Boys Golf Coach of the Year.

Ginter helped coach the Crusaders to their first boys' golf state championship since 1982. Also, he had the 4A individual state champion, junior Deitrek Gill, who shot even with par. Senior Blake Saffell finished in second place at the 4A State Tournament with a two-over-par score. 

This was Wellington's 13th state championship in program history as they earned the Class 4A team trophy by 32 strokes at Mariah Hills Golf Course in Dodge City.

After the celebration at the golf course in Dodge City, Ginter credited his players and was very proud. In the past few years, the Crusaders have come close after a few runner-up finishes and the cancelation of their 2020 season due to COVID-19.

Ginter added that the group he had this year was special and that the senior class has meant a lot and has played a huge role in the Wellington program.