Hard-working golf team looking to ‘reload’

By Brooks Hooley

Sophomore Lance Hoch chips the ball out of the sand trap. Photo provided

Sophomore Lance Hoch chips the ball out of the sand trap.
(Photo provided)

Coach Mark Green said small and young describes this year’s golf team, but the Foresters will continue to strive for their yearly goals like any other season.

“In the past, we have set goals of top three finishes, but it will be more difficult to reach those expectations this year due to a small team,” Green said. “As the season goes on, they’ll improve.”

The team has four eligible players.

Green said the small numbers make it easier for the players to bond, “but it would be nice to have more players.”

“The downside is there are few people to push you to perform,” he said.

Despite the small numbers, the team remains optimistic about the fall season.

Green is pleased with the efforts his players have put forth. Sophomore Derek Zurcher has been “working on his swing a lot.” Sophomore Lance Hoch will “step in and play a lot this year.” Junior Ryan Boester “has been playing well in practices thus far.” Junior Devin Dale “has practiced hard this summer.”

The team is buying into Green’s optimism.

“I think this team is going to be overlooked by lots of people,” Dale said. “People will look at our number of people and will expect us to struggle, but that doesn’t have to be the case.”

The team traveled to Indiana Wesleyan University Sept. 9-10 to compete in the Indiana Wesleyan University Fall Invitational and finished ninth out of 10 teams

“Everyone on the team gets along well,” Dale said. “We enjoy pushing ourselves.”

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