By ERIC X. VICCARO
Valle Catholic High School doesn’t field a spring boys’ golf team, but Chase Dunlap hasn’t used that as a deterrent.
Dunlap recently decided to join the Park Hills-based Mineral Area College men’s golf team as a walk-on.
“Valle didn’t have golf,” Dunlap said. “But, when I was a sophomore in high school, this was another sport I picked up. And I’ve taken it more seriously after I graduated.”
Dunlap said even though Valle didn’t provide golf, he’s not looking at it as a competitive disadvantage.
He will be joining a stacked MAC golf team, which also features Ste. Genevieve High golfers Bryce Barley and Landon Rose.
“I’m very excited (about the opportunity),” Dunlap added.
At Valle Catholic, Dunlap excelled in both football and basketball and he also played for the Warrior’s baseball team.
The 2020 graduate quarterbacked Valle Catholic to the Class 1 state championship. He was a shooting guard and swing forward during basketball season.
During his standout scholastic career, Dunlap was a third-team all-state selection in football as a senior. Chase was named all-district and all-Mineral Area Activities Association in basketball. He’s used to success.
After spending a semester at the University of Missouri, Dunlap chose to be closer to home — enrolling at MAC this past spring.
Dunlap said he will be taking basic business courses, with the hopes of one day earning a degree in either project management or business/marketing.
The golf program at MAC is highly successful, and it begins with how much the Cardinals practice.
Weight room workouts begin at 6 a.m. every day while school is in session. Then the players hit the links at Crown Pointe Golf Club and Resort for practice.