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PAC boys golf preview: Lutheran West fights to stay atop PAC

Patriot Athletic Conference
By Ryan Kaczmarski
The Lutheran West High School boys golf team had a nearly perfect season last year, finishing 6-0 in the Patriot Athletic Conference, and 8-1 overall. To stay on top, the Longhorns will have to fill the holes left on the roster by graduating players Jacob Brady, Eric Myers, Sean Goll and Keaton Gossman.
The lone returning letter winner is senior Sam Everson.
“Sam has extremely consistent play, with an excellent short game,” head coach Dale Lehrke said.
The rest of the lineup consists of seniors Kyle Stephens, Grant Zehnder and Patrick Weiler; and junior Alex Robinson.
“Kyle is steady and mentally tough, while Grant is a hard worker, who is good around the green,” Lehrke explained. “Alex is really good from about 100 yards and in, while still being a decent putter.”
Others to watch are freshman Sam Spacek and senior Joe Kneebush.
“Sam continues to improve and could see significant varsity playing time this year,” Lehrke continued. “Joe continues to improve and give us some needed depth on the roster.”
The Longhorns will prepare to battle in all of the conference matchups as well as the PAC championships. They will also compete in the Marlington Invitational, which will match them up against many of the top Canton-area teams.
“We have great senior leadership on this year’s team,” Lehrke said. “We need to improve our mental game, as well as working on our short game and decision making on the course.
“We would also like to repeat as conference champions,” he added. “We need to get more playing experience and hope to peak by the end of the season.”
The Fairview High School team is prepped to climb the ladder in the PAC this season. The Warriors went 3-5 last year, and are now without two graduating seniors, including Thom Sabo, who is now playing golf at Ferris State University.
Fairview has four returning lettermen, and the top versity players on this years roster include Justin Sassano, Chris Corrigan, Peter Butterfield, Jonathan Parasci and Scott Stover.
“Jusin is one player to keep an eye on this year,” head coach Christopher Kaminski said. “He has spent a great deal of time honing his golf game in the offseason and is looking to make a big impact in the conference.
“As always, the PAC championship tournament is the biggest match of the year,” he added. “There is an opportunity to earn considerable team and individual points that day. We are a young team, overall, and we need to maintain focus and continue to work on the mental side of our game. I look for us to improve from last year and build on our returning experience.”

 

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