by Marty Simpkins
Coach Carolyn Reitz of Wakefield has won almost every single conference golf match this year. Her only loss was to her husband, Ron Reitz of Heritage.
The couple has been married for 50 years and they have enjoyed every minute of it. Even when they play against each other on the golf course, there’s still plenty of love between them.
“This man has taught me everything there is to know,” Carolyn said. “Now I can tell him that I’ve got this thing down. I can handle this.”
While it’s true Wakefield has dominated the competition this year, Heritage has been the Cap 8 golf powerhouse the two years prior. Coach Ron can be satisfied with this season knowing that he still has some bragging rights over his wife.
“Losing to her doesn’t bother me one bit,” Ron said. “I got to beat her the last two years so this year we’re switching off. But yeah, she’s something else. Of course I also think I’ve got the best player in the conference, let alone the state, in Rhea Bhatia.”
Huskies’ senior Bhatia was named the conference player of the year, but Carolyn can boast that she has the best overall team. Even without any seniors on the squad, Carolyn has coached Wakefield to a tremendous season, sending four of her players to the NCHSAA Regionals and having three of them make it to the All-Conference team.
However, these coaches will be the first to tell you that there is no husband/wife rivalry involved. Everything they do is for the students only.
“We pull for all the kids out here,” Carolyn said. “It’s not about us, it’s about the kids. It’s all about the game of golf as long as they’re playing and getting involved.”
While Wakefield may have had the best year in the Cap 8, Heritage still managed to send two players to their All-Conference team and three to the NCHSAA Regionals. Ron was proud of how his wife’s team played this year and was also how his team progressed throughout the season.
“We’ve been playing the same about the whole year,” Ron Reitz said. “We started about bad in the first match, but we’ve gotten better and better as the year went on.”