By ROB HAMILTON
After only finishing 1-11 in Blue Division matches last year, Cardington golf coach Troy King is hoping for improvement behind a trio of returnees.
Senior Jacob Long, who splits his efforts between cross country and golf, is a two-year letterwinner. Junior Nadia Kerman has worked with a swing coach throughout the winter to help improve on last year. She will compete with the varsity team in the regular season and in the girls’ tournament starting with sectionals. Also, junior Austin Wilson is looking to improve on last year’s scores.
“We lost second-team Blue Division player Mac Thompson to graduation, as well as Liam Chandler,” said King. “I am hoping that some of our newcomers or young players can develop to replace these two three- and four-year letterwinners that I lost from last year.”
The coach is looking at junior Austin Yake, who played for Gilead Christian last year, to help the team. He also has hopes for sophomore Sage Brannon and freshmen Jacob Spires and Logan Doubikin.
“Our goals with the amount of newcomers is to start working our way up through the Blue Division competition and improve on our scoring and win averages from last fall,” said King. “I don’t really know where we will fall this season and when or if we can get a consistent effort from our 4-5-6 golfers.”
In the league, the coach expects Fredericktown and Mount Gilead to compete for the title.
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