2020 Lima area boys high school golf capsules


Carson Harmon returns after helping Elida earn a berth in the Division I state tournament last year. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Carson Harmon returns after helping Elida earn a berth in the Division I state tournament last year. Richard Parrish | The Lima News


WBL

Bath

Division: II

Coach: Matt Gillett (Second season)

2019 league record: Eighth overall and in tournament; 3-6 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Eighth at Moose Landing sectional (Britton Hall advanced to districts)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Britton Hall (jr.), Charlie Schneider (sr.), Andrew Buckholder (sr.), Trace Ebbeskotte (sr.), Kaden Downey (soph.).

Coach’s analysis: It is going to be an exciting season. We have everyone back from last year. Last year’s goal was just to improve from the year prior and throughout the season, and we did that. The goal is no different this year, with getting all your varsity guys back, the first step is just improvement from last year. What can we work on as a team and as individual players for us to succeed more than last season. With last year being my first year it took a little while for the guys to buy into some of the things I was preaching. But by the end of the year we started to see decreases in strokes and in putts little by little. Going into my second year with the same group I would hope they understand my expectations from the start and we can skip some of the growing pains and that gets me excited! Of course, Britton last year had a great round at districts and fell short in extra holes, but he has been working very hard all summer long to get himself back to state this year as a junior.

Celina

Division: I

Coach: Jim Brazen (first season)

2019 league record:10th overall and in tournament; 0-9 in matches

2019 postseason finish: 10th at Mohawk sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Brecken Adams (jr.), Nate Boley (jr.), David Kramer (jr.), George R. Gramza (sr.), Jesse Romack (sr.), Aydin Wagner (jr.), Hunter Walters (sr.).

Others varsity contenders: Blake Nagy (jr.)

Coach’s analysis: We are going to be more competitive than in the past. Working on their short game is our main concentration. Overall, each had every player has a good golf swing but we need to take that swing to the golf course. The main emphasis is practicing short game, and they will improve and win more matches. I look forward to seeing the progress of our team.

Elida

Division: I

Coach: Denny Thompson (37th season)

2019 league record: First overall and in tournament; 9-0 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Finished ninth at state

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Hunter Jolliff (sr.), Carson Harmon (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Cameron Collins (jr.), Matt Adcock (jr.), Brice Engle (soph.), Hayes Burton (sr.), Ben Moening (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: The Bulldogs return two of the top players in the area from last year’s state tourney team in Hunter Jolliff and Carson Harmon. Gone are the Harmon twins, Ethan and Gavin, and other seniors Riley Creps and Dylan Buetner. looking to pick up the openings are Cameron Collins, Matt Adcock, Brice Engle, and Hayes Burton. We hope to be very competitive this season and make a drive for another league title. Hopefully we will be playing our best golf come tourney time.

Kenton

Division: II

Coach: Drew Hobensack (sixth season)

2019 league record: Ninth overall and in tournament; 1-8 in matches

2019 postseason finish: 10th at Moose Landing sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Ethan Wirbel (sr.), Lucas Hites (sr.), Noah Ketcham (jr.)

Others varsity contenders: Trae Watkins (sr.)

Ottawa-Glandorf

Division: II

Coach: Tom Von Sosson (10th season)

2019 league record: Tied for second overall, third in tournament; 8-1 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Sixth at Sycamore Springs district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Zach Stechschulte (sr.), Carter Schimmoeller (jr.), Dylan Meyer (sr.)

Other varsity contenders: Carson Fuka (jr.), Jason Balash (jr.), Josh Walls (jr.), Grant Hovest (jr.)

Coach’s analysis: Good foundation with Zach and Carter both first team WBL last season. Dylan is much improved and Carson Fuka is playing both soccer and golf for the first time and is a good addition. Need to find depth after that.

Shawnee

Division: I

Coach: Andry McGreevy (11th season)

2019 league record: tied for fourth overall, fifth in tournament; 5-4 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Seventh at Mohawk sectional (Justin Altenbach advanced to districts)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Justin Altenbach (jr.), Solomon Smith (sr.), Jack Shivley (jr.), Colin Pasion (jr.), Matthew Azzarello (jr.), Colton Morris (sr.), Derek Rhodes (jr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have a lot of returning players with a bunch of varsity experience. We definitely expect to contend for the WBL title and a trip to the state tournament.

St. Marys

Division: II

Coach: Steve Schmitmeyer (fifth season)

2019 league record: Tied for second overall, second in tournament; 7-2 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Ninth at Sycamore Springs district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Reese Sweigart (sr.), Andrew Moore (jr.), Cole Koenig (jr.), Calvin Caywood (jr.)

Bret Speckman (jr.), Dakoda Moore (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Konnor Houston (sr.), Zach Steva (sr.)

Coach’s analysis: I am excited for the 2020 season. We have a great group of returning letterwinners that can lead our team and help us contend for a WBL title. All players have worked so hard this off season even amid covid-19 restrictions. Qualifying for districts for the second year in a row is a great goal of ours and hopefully we can take it one step further this year.

Van Wert

Division: II

Coach: Kim Doidge (sixth season)

2019 league record: Sixth overall, fourth in tournament; 2-7 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Sixth at Moose Landing sectional (Gavin Flickinger advanced to districts)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Evan Knittle (sr.), Cameron Terhark (sr.), Jace Fast (jr.), Blake Bohyer (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Lochlen Purmort (soph.), TJ Stoller (soph.), Evan Bracken (soph.), Connor Pratt (sr.), Ian Rex (jr.), Owen Treece (sr.), Christian Wallenhorst (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We are a young team. We are using the first part of the season to get better. They have been working hard in the offseason to improve their game.

Wapakoneta

Division: I

Coach: Marshall Gerlach (second season)

2019 league record: Seventh overall and in tournament; 4-5 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Ninth at Mohawk sectional (Jon Hefner and Clay Wilsey advanced to districts)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: John Hefner (sr.), Clay Wilsey (jr.), Austin West (soph.), Tanner Haggard (jr.), Caige Schnarre (sr.), Ethan Porter (sr.)

Other varsity contender: Ethan Epperson (sr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have a lot of experience coming back this year in Hefner and Wilsey. Some of our younger guys now having a year under their belt have the potential to play a big role for us this year. I am looking for a few guys to step into some key fourth and fifth man roles to solidify some solid team scores for us this year. Overall, I am excited for the season and to see the guys go out and compete in the WBL.

NWC

Ada

Division: III

Coach: Jason Campbell (seventh season)

2019 league record: Seventh overall and in tournament; 2-12 in matches

2019 postseason finish: 12th at Sycamore Springs sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Brevin Sizemore (sr.), Jacob Morgan (sr.), Kamron Wilkerson (jr.), Dexter Woods III (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Andrew Rush (jr.), Geddes Klingler (soph.), Jack Baumgartner (fr.), Camron Sypherd (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: There is a lot of excitement for the upcoming season. The boys are looking to build on the successes from last season. We are striving to improve our individual game while maintaining the team‘s average established in 2019. Brevin Sizemore, NWC all conference and 2019 team MVP, will lead the golf dogs along with fellow senior Jacob Morgan. Those two have put in a lot of hard work over the past several seasons and are eager to get the new season started. Juniors Dexter Woods III and Kamron Wilkerson made huge strides last season and will step up into the top of the rotation. Newcomers Andrew Rush, Jack Baumgartner and Cameron Sypherd will compete with returner Geddes Klingler for the last two varsity spots. I expect a lot of internal competition with this group. We have a roster that will push each other every day in practice, and I can’t wait to see how they improve this season.

Allen East

Division: III

Coach: Josh Hollar

2019 league record: Second overall, third in tournament; 12-2 in matches

2019 postseason finish: 14th at Stone Ridge district

Bluffton

Division: III

Coach: Mason Roth (second season)

2019 league record: First overall and in tournament; 14-0 in matches

2019 postseason finish: 13th at Stone Ridge district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Kenny Lovett ( jr.), Micah Minnig (jr.), Wes Brauen (jr.), Jaden Coonfare (soph.), Jacob Boisvert (soph.)

Others varsity contenders: Eli Wenger (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: We are looking to build off of last season’s success and try to continue with it. We will bring back five returning letter winners that have 11 or more match experience under their belts. We will need to replace last year’s one man (Drew Wilson) and NWC player of the year which will not be an easy task. We have also added more invites to our schedule this year to help prepare for the postseason. Our goals this season are to try to repeat as the NWC conference champions again and to also make another trip back to districts as a team.

Columbus Grove

Division: III

Coach: Travis Gallmeier (13th season)

2019 league record: Sixth overall, fifth in tournament; 5-9 in matches in NWC; PCL — Third overall and in tournament; 3-2 in regular season matches

2019 postseason finish: Fifth at Sycamore Springs sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Noah Macke (jr.), Nick Wolverton (jr.), Gabe Hardeman (sr.), Brayden Keck (sr.)

Other varsity contenders: Tayt Birnesser (sr.), Ethan Williams (soph.), Maddox Halker (soph.), Taylor Schroeder (soph.), Luke Otto (soph.), Isaac Ricker (soph.), Ryan Hardeman (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: This year we return four of our top six that finished third in the PCL and sixth in the NWC. We will need some new members to step up and push these returners to improve this year. We hope to be competitive in the NWC and PCL this season and have a better finish in the OHSAA tournament.

Crestview

Division: III

Coach: Jeremy Best (19th season)

2019 league record: Eighth overall and in tournament; 0-14 in matches

2019 postseason finish: 11th at Eagle Rock sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Tanner Myers (sr.), Will Sharpe (jr.), Evan Scarlett (jr.), Ethan Best (jr.)

Others varsity contenders: Tyler Hart (sr.), Dru Gray (fr.), Trey Skelton (fr.), Brady Petrie (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: Primary goal is for each member of the team to improve their game and enjoy the process.

Delphos Jefferson

Division: III

Coach: Shane Gallmeier (fourth season)

2019 league record: Tied for third overall, second in tournament; 6-8 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Ninth at Colonial sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Logan Gallmeier (sr.), Jaden Lucas (soph.)

Others varsity contenders: Caden Carder (soph.), KC Knippen (soph.), Isaac Gallmeier (fr.), Brady Duvall (fr.), Kayden Slygh (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We will look to Logan for leadership on and off the course. The underclassmen will have a good opportunity to play some varsity matches with some time on the course.

Lincolnview

Division: III

Coach: Brett Hammons (second season)

2019 league record: Fifth overall, sixth in tournament; 8-6 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Fifth at Colonial sectional (Evan Miller advanced to districts)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Landon Price (jr.), Avery Slusher (jr.), Grant Glossett (soph.), Evan Miller (soph.),

Dane Ebel (soph.), Cole Binkley (jr.)

Others varsity contenders: Luke Heffelfinger (soph.), James Reinhart (jr.), Aiden Hardesty (fr.), Luke Bullenbacher (fr.), Nick Evans (fr.), Jared Jessee (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have a young but experienced team. We do not have any seniors but our top six golfers are returning. Our goal this year is to get better every day and compete in the NWC.

Paulding

Division: II

Coach: Steve Heilshorn (1oth season)

2019 league record: Tied for third overall, fourth in tournament; 9-5 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Seventh at Moose Landing sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Kyle Harris (sr.), Hailey Harzell (sr.), Hunter Kauser (sr.), Kyle Dominique (jr.), Josh Carper (jr.), Boston Pease (jr.), Logan Tope (jr.)

Others varsity contenders: Blake McGarvey (sr.), Andrew Adams (sr.), Kyle Mobley (jr.), Wyatt Beckman (jr.), Aiden Miller (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We are losing our top golfer from last year (Kolson Egnor) who finished second in the NWC player of the year honors and was on the first team. We also lost Noah Pessefall to graduation. Noah finished honorable mention NWC. Even though we have lost two valuable players, we still have six returning letter winners from last year’s team. We will be led by juniors Kyle Dominique and Josh Carper. Our two returning senior letter winners (Kyle Harris and Hailey Hartzell) along with the other juniors will also compete for a varsity spot. We do have two newcomers to the mix in seniors Blake McGarvey and Andrew Adams. Although this is their first year playing for the school, both have played a lot of golf and will help our team tremendously. Another addition to this year’s team is Hunter Kauser, who will be playing for our team as well as competing on the gridiron for our football team. Hunter played both in his freshman and sophomore years and we are excited to have him part time for our team this year. We are rounded out by one incoming freshman (Aiden Miller) who I hope will use this year to get ready to step into a varsity role next year. I do believe we have a shot to win the conference in our last year in the NWC. That would be a great way to exit the conference. As far as the league competition, I think that it will be very competitive with almost all the teams having a shot to win the title.

MAC

Coldwater

Division: II

Coach: Doug Timmerman (10th season)

2019 league record: Tied for second overall and in tournament; 6-3 in matches

2019 postseason finish: 14th at Sycamore Springs district

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Carson Muhlenkamp (sr.), Nick Kline (sr.), Keegan Bruggeman (soph.), Hayden Beougher (soph.), Keaton Bruns (soph.)

Others varsity contenders: Austin Ebbing (jr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have 10 freshmen signed up to play this year. I am looking forward to having so many young players and hope that some can contributue to our varsity team. We have three sophomores that are returning that had a lot of playing time as freshmen. I am looking forward to see them take the next step. We are going to be a very young team and I will be relying on Carson and Nick to lead the team. Our goal will be to finishe towards the top of the MAC and to help the younger athletes improve during the season.

Delphos St. John’s

Division: III

Coach: John Klausing

2019 league record: Tied for second overall, third in tournament; 7-2 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Sixth at Stone Ridge district

Fort Recovery

Division: III

Coach: Dean Sanders (second season)

2019 league record: Sixth overall and in tournament; 3-6 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Seventh at Colonial sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Carson Rammel (sr.), Derek Lochtefeld (sr.), Zander Kunkler (jr.), Cole Muhlenkamp (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: A.J. Romer (sr.), Russell Gehle (sr.), Isaac LeFevre (sr.)

Coach’s analysis: For 2020, the Fort Recovery High School boys golf team is returning four players (Carson Rammel, Derek Lochtefeld, Zander Kunkler & Cole Muhlenkamp) from our varsity team in 2019 with two of the players being seniors (Carson Rammel & Derek Lochtefeld). Also, we have a strong roster of JV players from last year that will be great additions to the varsity team throughout the season. For this year, we’ve gained several new players to the team. They have been focused on the fundamentals of the game and will gain valuable experience for the future playing on our JV team.

Finishing sixth in the conference in 2019, we expect to have more consistent scoring and a stronger short game that should contribute to playing more competitive golf for 2020. All players have been on the course throughout the summer and working to improve all aspects of their game. There have been consistent improvements in their game and our scores look to be better for this upcoming season. The main areas of golf we focus on is keeping the ball in play, reducing mistakes, having a clear shot to the green and spending lots of time improving the short game.

I’ve been very proud how much work the players have put in to their game throughout the summer. This preseason work along with our upcoming matches this season, we expect to see continual improvements to each player’s game and better team scores that will increase our competitiveness.

Marion Local

Division: III

Coach: David Koenig (seventh season)

2019 league record: Eighth overall and in tournament; 3-6 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Sixth at Colonial sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Logan Fleck (sr.), Alex Eyink (sr.), Dane Goettemoeller (sr.), Ryan Klosterman (sr.), Eddy Smith (jr.)

Others varsity contenders: With four spots open from last year because three of the guys split time and 23 out again this year, varsity time could be very challenging again this year.

Coach’s analysis: Marion Local’s golf program has stayed steady to around 22-25 golfers. We have eight seniors this year and only one having his varsity letter for three years in a row. One junior is returning with a varsity letter this year so we have a little bit of experience back from a few guys rotating in and out. This year we are still pretty inexperienced but look for some underclassmen to compete and keep us from rebuilding again next year. I am hopeful that this season will bring good competition amongst our team and will drive Marion Local golf to its highest potential.

Minster

Division: III

Coach: Jeremy Magoto

2019 league record: First overall and in tournament; 9-0 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Fifth at state

New Bremen

Division: III

Coach: John Roberts (second season)

2019 league record: Tied for ninth overall, ninth in tournament; 0-9 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Eighth at Colonial sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Preston Hoehne (sr.), Jared Bergman (sr.), Cole Hamberg (jr.), Josh Bensman (jr.),

Other varsity contenders: Tyler Paul (jr.), Blake Terpstra (jr.)

Coach’s analysis: Looking to build on year one. We want to improve on every aspect of the game. We want to finish better in the league this year while having a lot of fun. I want my seniors to remember this year.

New Knoxville

Division: III

Coach: Terry Halko (11th season)

2019 league record: Tied for ninth overall, 10th in tournament; 1-8 in matches

2019 postseason finish: 12th at Colonial sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Sam Anspach (sr.), Adam McGue (sr.), Jeremy Doty (sr.), Brandon Smith (sr.), Liam Homan (sr.), Max Henschen (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Jay Waterman (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: I am very excited for the upcoming golf season, I have a very experienced team led by seniors Sam Anspach and Brandon Smith. I look for Sammy to lead our team night in and night out, with Brandon, Adam, Jeremy and Liam to be right on his tail. Junior Max Henschen will also play a big role in our season’s success, he is a very good golfer with a lot of potential, and I look for him to fill Sam’s shoes next season. I am also hopeful that freshman Jay Waterman will be able to help out our team occasionally. He has a lot of promise and potential for a freshman. I also hope that Andrew Leffel and James Albers will gain valuable experience playing JV this year, along with Josh Peters. Our goal is to improve each and everyday and I am confident. We can go out and compete and win matches in the MAC this year. We have a very strong conference, but I am confident. We will be in the mix night in and night out. I just want us to improve each day and be playing our best golf by the end of the season come tournament time. I have high expectations for this great group of young men.

Parkway

Division: III

Coach: Joe Falk (10th season)

2019 league record: Seventh overall and in tournament; 3-6 in matches

2019 postseason finish: 10th at Colonial sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Hunter Gibson (sr.), Kaden Boroff (sr.), Adam Stephenson (sr.), Camdyn Clay (jr.), Hunter Bruns (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Roman Leszinske (soph.), Ashton Stepehenson (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: Nearly all our golfers have some varsity experience so we hope to build on that to see scores drop throughout the season.

St. Henry

Division: III

Coach: John Dorner (15th season)

2019 league record: Fourth overall and in tournament; 7-2 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Fourth at Colonial sectional (Reed Koesters advanced to districts)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Nate Niekamp (sr.), Sam Koesters (jr.), Ben Romer (jr.), Seth Heitkamp (jr.)

Others varsity contenders: Luke Ontrop (jr.), Jackson Heitbrink (jr.), Hayden Uhlenhake (soph.), Jack Stammen (soph.), Josh Rindler (fr.), Ty Post (fr.), Caleb Wendel (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: A team strength is the willingness to put extra time into their game (Most of the team has spent 50 or more days at the golf course this summer). Something the team needs to work on is consistency. The key to success is putting strong numbers up each and every day, and we will now look for the older golfers to take that step for us. The Redskins have won 39 conference matches over the last five years and are hoping to draw on that success and continue to build confidence as the season progresses.

PCL

Fort Jennings

Division: III

Coach: Todd Hoehn (23rd season)

2019 league record: Sixth overall and in tournament; 0-5 in regular season matches

2019 postseason finish: 12th at Eagle Rock sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Gavin Schimmoeller (jr.), Aiden Grothouse (jr.),

Others varsity contenders: Evan Hoersten (sr.), Zach Schulte (sr.), Nick Trentman (jr.), Alex Meyer (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have limited experience, but hopefully our two returning lettermen can help us have a competitive season.

Kalida

Division: III

Coach: Ken Schnipke (25th season)

2019 league record: First overall and in tournament; 5-0 in regular season matches

2019 postseason finish: Eighth at state

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Ryan Klausing (jr.), Justin Siebeneck (jr.), Kayla Nartker (soph.)

Others varsity contenders: Brandt Brinkman (jr.), Ethan Warnecke (soph.), Drew Buss (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: We lost a lot but we have some good players coming back and other players with the potential to be good. With some work I think we can have another successful season.

Leipsic

Division: III

Coach: Kevin Brandt (13th season)

2019 league record: PCL — Second overall and in tournament; 4-1 in regular season matches; BVC — Second overall and in tournament; 5-2 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Sixth at Eagle Rock sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Jaden Siefker (sr.), Alex Gerdeman (sr.), Mason Brandt (jr.)

Promising newcomers: Mitchell Maag (sr.), Adam Lammers (soph.), Luke Spoors (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: Very coachable kids that are willing to listen and learn. Need to work on putting. This is the key for any team, but we will spend a lot of time working on this. We are looking to build off last year’s success. Winning 17 matches last year was a school record, and we are very proud of that. However, we will have to replace five seniors, three of which were key contributors each match. We will need Brandt and Siefker to be consistent, while the younger players gain experience and confidence as the season progresses. We are going to take one day at a time and just focus on improving each day. With consistent practice habits and effort, the wins will come.

Miller City

Division: III

Coach: Todd Pester (fourth season)

2019 league record: Fifth overall and in tournament; 1-4 in regular season matches

2019 postseason finish: 10th at Eagle Rock sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winner: TJ Michel (sr.), Dillon Peck (jr.), Isabelle Vance (sr.), Thomas Weis (soph.), Brian Wank (jr.), Caleb Niese (soph.)

Others varsity contenders: Chelsea Erford (fr.), Jon Wank (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: 2020 looks to be a good year for the Miller City golf program. In early open practices I have seen a lot of growth with the team. We have a solid four or five players on the team this year. Our sixth position player will likely be rotated among three different players. We have just two seniors on this year’s team and both expect to have a great year.

Of our eight players this year, we have two girls on our team this year. I have added some events for just them to participate in and this should be exciting to watch. We have three players that will definitely compete for first team PCL this year.

Ottoville

Division: III

Coach: Keith Utendorf (first season)

2019 league record: Fourth overall and in tournament; 2-3 in regular season matches

2019 postseason finish: Eighth at Eagle Rock sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Jack Langhals (sr.), Carter Schnipke (jr.), Dru Hilvers (jr.), Chad Schnipke (jr.)

Others varsity contenders: Grant Kortokrax (sr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have much of our roster back from last year, new faces that are giving golf a try for the first time, and others that will be freshmen coming in. We have six freshmen that are coming into the program and are excited about our roster from top to bottom in terms of work ethic and involvement. Quite a few of our kids have competed in the summer and been on the course playing. We hope to be competitive and continue to improve from day to day throughout the year.

Pandora-Gilboa

Division: III

Coach: Eric Dysert (first season)

2019 league record: Did not post team scores

2019 postseason finish: 10th at Sycamore Springs sectional

Returning players: Jacob Suter (sr.), Trey Hovest (sr.), Eli Huffman (jr.), Sam Norton (jr.), Hailey Dysert (jr.), Seth Tadena (jr.)

Newcomers: Ryan Johnson (jr.), Blake Steiner (sr.), Owen Huffman (fr.), Lexie Neuenschwander (sr.)

Coach’s analysis: Pandora-Gilboa is looking to make a statement this season. This is the team’s first year out of club status as an offical varsity sport. The golfers have been working hard in the offseason to improve and make this an exciting year for the Rockets.

NWCC

Ridgemont

Division: III

Coach: Greg Johnson (ninth season)

2019 league record: Sixth overall and in tournament; 0-5 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Collin Wallace tied for 49th at Valley View sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Collin Wallace (sr.), Hannah Shoffner (sr.), Sarah Bash (sr.), Thomas Colby (soph.), McKala Gruel (soph.)

Other varsity contenders: Hayden Oates (soph.), Hayden Shoffner (fr.), Dylan Penhorwood (fr.), Cameron Butler (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: The team will be a young team in regards to experience. However, the three seniors have shown very good leadership skills and have been working with the underclassmen on learning them the in and outs of playing in a high school golf match. The returners have been working on their golf skills over the summer and I expect them to have lower and more consistent scores. There is potential in the four newcomers and I believe they will improve as the season goes on. They take the game seriously and will take advice from the seniors or the coach, They are wanting to get better and by gaining experience their confidence level will increase. My hopes for this season is for the golfers to develop and improve with each match as well as have an enjoyable experience with the golf season. We are in the NWCC league and I see as the team to beat will be Riverside. They return all their golfers from a team that was fairly good last season. Another team to watch will be Waynesfield-Goshen. They have three to four returners and the coach does a good job at developing his golfers. I want my team to be competitive in all the matches as well as improving each week. I also want them to work on the mental aspects of golf, because golf is a very cognitive sport. They will have to be able to figure out their problem and come up with an adjustment. I want them to think about how the are going to hit each shot before they swing and to develop some strategy. I don’t want them just to hit and then be upset with the shot. I want them to forget the last shot and focus on how they will hit their next shot. With the golfers on the team I believe that they all are capable of playing like that this season.

Waynesfield-Goshen

Division: III

Coach: Craig Ludwig (10th season)

2019 league record: First overall and in tournament; 3-2 in matches

2019 postseason finish: Sixth at Sycamore Springs sectional (Chase Dunson advanced to districts)

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Hyatt Kaufman (sr.), Mason Boggs (sr.), Chase Dunson (soph.), Aiden Crites (jr.), Cole Stenike (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Hayden James (jr.), Roman James (soph.), Dalton Jordan (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We are looking to be defending our league title this year and look to be in the fight for the top positions after the league tournament in 2020. Also, look for improvement in our team score at sectional time. With our returning upper-class and newcomers we are looking to have a good showing at the sectional tournament. We are looking to have more than one player move on to districts. This season has the makings without injuries or distraction to be one of the best years Waynesfield-Goshen has had in golf for many years.

Others

LCC

Division: III

Coach: Dave Schmiedebusch (second season)

2019 postseason finish: Did not post team score at Stone Ridge district due to player’s injury

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Alex Wisser (sr.), Ross Otto (sr.), Casey Koenig (sr.), Brady Koenig (sr.)

Other varsity contenders: Zach Campbell (soph.), Cam Stewart (soph.), Parker Judy (fr.)

Coach’s analysis:

Lima Senior

Division: I

Coach: James Hood (third season)

2019 league record: Did not post team score in TRAC competition

2019 postseason finish: 12th at Mohawk sectional

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Noah Edwards (sr.), Zach Zweibel (sr.), Connor Twining (jr.), Eric Ridenour (jr.)

Other varsity contenders: Mason Sellati (fr.), Fayo Balogun (sr.)

Carson Harmon returns after helping Elida earn a berth in the Division I state tournament last year. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/08/web1_carson-harmon-1.jpgCarson Harmon returns after helping Elida earn a berth in the Division I state tournament last year. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

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