The Wesleyan Varsity boys and Girls golf teams have teed off to a strong start this season, and State is in fact on the horizon for the Wolves.“I think that the whole team would agree that the goal is to get to state this year” said junior Joseph Berney. Senior Wilton Kennerly, Gillian Yeager, Will Harper and JT Eigel also hope to leave a lasting legacy on the golf program and other players are working hard to do the same.
The boys have been working hard towards a state title this year. Their first event was the “Camden Classic” where they finished 13th out of 15 teams. Their first match took place on March 7th, where they won by a significant margin. Senior, Will Harper led the team with a solid score of 37, Berny shot 39 and freshman Rasmus Eriksson shot 39 as well.
Even though the team has few players this year, each and every member has immense potential to carry the team to success. Head boys coach Andy Free said, “I am excited about our two seniors, Will Harper and JT Eigel, and the potential legacy they can leave in reaching our goals. Both are talented golfers, outstanding examples, and am looking forward to the season.
I also have very high expectations for our younger players, the leaders of which are Joseph Berney and Rasmus Eriksson. These two are capable of shooting very low scores and we will be leaning on them heavily. The final two varsity contributors will be Russ Foust and Richard He – two gentlemen that have really improved since playing JV last year, said Free.”
Free is also has hopes that the boys will make it to both the sectionals and state tournaments. He said, “I think our team has a good chance to finish in the top 10 in the state, in similar fashion to the state tournament appearances we had in 2012, 2013 and 2014.”
Like the boys, senior Wilton Kennerly hopes to finish her senior season with a State Title. The Varsity girls dominated Mount Pisgah by 13 and came in 7th out of 13 teams in their very first tournament of the season. The JV girls also won against Pisgah. In this tournament, Kennerly tied for 25th and junior Elisa Yang tied for 8th. Kennerly and head coach Leslie Grogan agree that Vadalia is the team for them to beat this year. However, Grogan said the real goal is to “play each hole the best you can and not worry about opponents.” The girls have been hitting the weight room and working hard in every aspect to achieve their goals this season. Besides taking a state title, Grogan said their main focus this year is “to develop a team bond, work on core strength, and improve knowledge and skills of golf.”
The boys and girls golf teams will rely on their upper classmen leaders and hard work ethic to help them reach their season goals.