Meet the golfers of Camdenton, Osage, Eldon and Versailles

CAMDENTON LAKERS

From Head Coach Shawn Maschino:

Class/District: Class 4, District 5

2017 Record or Finish: Finished 5th at Farmington Invitational and Ethan Kline qualified for sectionals

Moved or Graduated Golfers: 4

Top Returners and any Accolades: We will return four of the top five varsity golfers from last year.

Q: With the 2018 season just around the corner, is there anything you are especially looking forward to?

A: We are anxious to see the gains, however small or big they are, from last year. We have the majority of our varsity back from last year. It will be interesting to see how far we move up each tournament compared to last years results.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: Our strength is we return most of our varsity. We will still be considered a young team with no seniors on the squad, but we do have experience coming back.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: We'd like to see us improve our position in every tournament we play in compared to last year.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say are the keys to success for this year?

A: Our focus this year is the rules of golf. If anyone has played golf before, you know how confusing some of the rules can be. The key to success is improving in one area of the game each day.

OSAGE INDIANS

From Head Coach L.J. Weeks:

Class/District: Class 3, District 5

2017 Record or Finish: 2nd place at Tri-County Conference Tournament, qualified as a team for sectionals and Jacob Krantz finished tied for fifth at state

Moved or Graduated Golfers: Max Maples, Jacob Gibbs, Dylan Riley, CJ Myers, Collin Thomas and Connor Thomas

Top Returners and any Accolades: Jacob Krantz returns for his senior year. Nick Riley and Chance Foster return for their senior year. Zach Krantz is a up and coming freshman this year.

Q: With the 2018 season just around the corner, is there anything you are especially looking forward to?

A: My varsity squad is a seasoned group of players. I think there is potential for some great success on the golf course for many of these players, both individually and as a team.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: Experience and talent. Many of my players have been playing golf since they were young, which gives them valuable experience on the course. We also have players who have worked really hard on their games and it is showing on the course with good scores.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: Seizing opportunities to score. At the same time, knowing when it might be time to play conservative, given weather/course conditions and course set-up.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say are the keys to success for this year?

A: Our goal is to win conference and hopefully make a good showing at districts, sectionals and ultimately state. To make that happen will require an otherwise individual sport to work as a team.

ELDON MUSTANGS

From Head Coach Matt Frey:

Class/District: Class 3, District 5

2017 Record or Finish: 14-6

Moved or Graduated Golfers: Spencer Rogers Austyn Grisham and Christian Potucek all graduated and moved on. They will be missed.

Top Returners and any Accolades: Returning players looking to step up this year are Breckon Blankenship, Cole Kliethermes, Nick Willingham, Parker Dunham, and freshman Aiden Wells. We have had great numbers this year for the program and have a lot of new faces on the team.

Q: With the 2018 season just around the corner, is there anything you are especially looking forward to?

A: For the 2018 season we are looking to continue from last year and represent our school well in the tournaments. We moved the entire team on to sectional play last year and would love to see that again. As always, we want to have golfers representing Eldon at the state tournament.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: I would say our strengths are returning some golfers with varsity experience and the number of boys that came out this year. We are 20 strong so that makes the boys push and practice harder than ever to improve.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon?

A: As the season moves on I would love to see continued improvement with lower scores each time we play.

Q: Are there any specific goals and what would you say are the keys to success for this year?

A: Our key to having success this year will be for our boys with experience to use what they have learned over their careers and help the newer golfers to improve. This will help the entire team grow and make us better.

VERSAILLES TIGERS

From Head Coach Chuck Campbell

Class/District: Class 2, District 4

2017 Record or Finish: Unavailable

Moved or Graduated Golfers: Unavailable

Q: With the 2018 season just around the corner, is there anything you are especially looking forward to?

A: I am looking forward to working with these young athletes at Versailles High School. After teaching and coaching for 33 years and being retired for the last two, it is fulfilling to again work with young men and women in the sport of golf. Like the coaches before me, I am looking to build the golf program up and to increase participation. I want to help these young men and women improve their golf skills and have fun with a sport they can play the rest of their life.

Q: Are there any definite strengths with this team at this point in time?

A: The strengths of the Tiger golf team for 2018 will be with the three returning lettermen: Junior, Ori Bartlett, junior Garrett Boatwright, and sophomore Tristian Mayhew.

Tristian has one year of experience under his belt and we are looking for his scores to continue to get better as he gains even more experience. Garrett had a really solid sophomore season. He has steadily improved his first two seasons and his district tournament play made him a sectional qualifier last year. We are looking for Garrett to make that jump to the state tournament this season. Ori led the Tigers as the team medalist last year. Ori was selected to the All-District Team after his performance at the district tournament. He finished third individually at the sectional tournament and played in the state tournament.

The Tiger golf team will be looking for help from these first year players: Junior Michael Trotter, junior Caleb Sousley, sophomore Sydney Snider, freshman Kyle Bartlett, freshman Ben Dornan, freshman Joel Faron and freshman Alyssa Welch.

Q: As the season goes along, what are you hoping the team can improve upon? Are there any specific goals and what would you say are the keys to success for this year?

A: The VHS golf team members need to develop a goal of working to improve every single day. I like for each team member to practice with a purpose in order to achieve their goals. With so many first year players, experience will only be gained through practicing, playing and competition. As the season progresses, I look to see improvement each week. As a team, we would like to see more individuals move on from the district tournament to the sectional tournament and ultimately on to the state tournament.