With two all-league performers returning and many other contributors, the Wauseon golf team should be much improved this season.
“From a coach’s perspective it is always nice to return players that are good kids and want to get better,” said second-year head coach Kyle Storrer. “This season we can continue to build on what was established last season and are looking for significant progress from last year. We have been able to generate a lot of interest in the younger grades and have eight freshmen on the team this year. This has created a more competitive atmosphere in practice. Our goal is to become more consistent and continue to improve during the season so we are playing our best when we get to tournament time.”
Leading the list of returnees for the Indians are CJ Moser who was NWOAL Player of the Year in 2016, and Trent Armstrong who was honorable mention all-league. Also back are Eric Parker and Caleb Leu.
“This season we have all of our letter winners back from last season and they have a year varsity experience,” said Storrer. “Last year we were young and only two played in a high school golf match before the start of the season. The players have put time in over the summer and I am excited to see how it translates to the course this season. We also have a large freshmen class who are eager to learn.”
They did not lose any letter winners from last season, but they add newcomers Dylan Gran, Luke Wheeler, Jaxon Radabaugh, Evan Banister, Nic Barone, Lance Rupp, Lexi McQuillan and Ellie Oyer.
“We are still relatively young in terms of golf tournament experience and our biggest challenge is handling the pressure and mental aspect of the game,” said Storrer of the team’s weaknesses. “So, we need to continue to get more consistent with our ball striking and play around the green. The mental approach to the game is something that we can always improve on and will be a key to our success this season.”
The Indians are hoping the talent they have returning will help them improve their league standing in 2017. Last year they finished fourth in the NWOAL behind a fourth place finish at the league championships.
“The NWOAL has a lot of good golfers right now that are capable of shooting consistently good scores,” said Storrer. “Archbold returns almost their entire team that made it to state last year. Bryan has a good core of players returning as well as Delta. We are returning all of our players including the player of the year in CJ Moser. It will be a competitive year and I look forward to seeing how our players handle the pressure.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010