Panthers have talent back in 2017

By Max Householder -

Jay Vann returns for the Delta Panther golf team in 2017. He was first team All-NWOAL last season.

File Photo

The Delta golf team has a good mix of returning players and up and coming talent to help them stay competitive this season. The Panthers are hoping to finish near the top of the NWOAL like they did in 2016.

Looking to help them achieve their goals are returning letter winners Jay Vann (first team all-league), Cole Mattin and Brady Wymer.

“The biggest strength that I have recognized so far is the eagerness to learn the game of golf, especially from the 6 freshman golfers,” said Panther head coach Jon Mignin. “The 4 upperclassmen are great leaders for these younger golfers. We have a great chemistry as a team. Jay, Brady, and Cole are all capable of putting up great scores. We just need to find one other golfer to be that fourth score and we will have a great season.”

New to the team this season are Cael Chiesa, Chase Stickley, Damien Rieger, Jayce Helminiak, Michael Echenrode and Zack Mattin.

“We have several golfers that have very little experience golfing, but they are great athletes,” said Mignin, speaking of his team’s weaknesses going into the season. “Several of the gentlemen play basketball, wrestle, and baseball. Six freshman will be fighting for three varsity spots this season.”

Vann, the Panthers’ lone senior, will be looked at to lead the way.

“He finished tied for second as NWOAL Player of The Year last season. I am very excited to see him golf and improve this year,” said Mignin of Vann. “He has played in some summer tournaments and is out at the course almost every day. I am very excited to see Jay golfing at the end of the season. We made some adjustments to his swing that I hope will be beneficial in the long run. Jay has grown as a golfer and young man throughout his golf career. As he heads into his final season I have big expectations for him.”

The number two golfer for Delta is Wymer.

“Brady will need to score well for us this year,” said Mignin. “Brady worked hard this summer and I expect him to be in the low 40s by the end of the season. Brady will be a great leader and role model for the younger golfers.”

Their other major contributor will be Cole Mattin.

“Cole spends a lot of his summer on the wrestling mat, but I know he has golfed quite a few times this summer,” noted Mignin. “I am looking forward to Cole scoring well for us – in the low to mid 40s. Cole will also be in a leadership role this season for the freshman golfers.”

The Panthers hope to make a run at a league championship this season, or at least finish near the top. They were in the top three last season.

“It will be hard to beat the third place finish in the league last year, which was a school best,” admitted Mignin. “I am hoping to be in the top four this season in the NWOAL Championship.”

Jay Vann returns for the Delta Panther golf team in 2017. He was first team All-NWOAL last season. Vann returns for the Delta Panther golf team in 2017. He was first team All-NWOAL last season. File Photo

By Max Householder

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010


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