|Columbus Grove golfers extremely young for 2013|
|Saturday, August 03, 2013 12:13 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
COLUMBUS GROVE — Travis Gallmeier has compiled a 96-63 mark in his five previous seasons as the Columbus Grove boys golf coach.
That includes an 8-20 season a year ago, including a third-place finish in the Putnam County League, a 5-13 mark in the Northwest Conference (7th) and a fourth place at the Division III sectionals at Sycamore Springs, advancing them to Districts.
However, seven seniors from that edition of Bulldogs have graduated, leaving Gallmeier with a very young (no seniors and two juniors out of a roster of 13) and overall inexperienced crew.
He has two lettermen to start the campaign: number 3 man Logan Diller (sophomore; 52 9-hole average) and junior fifth man Brandon Hoffman (53). He had a third returnee but he chose not go out in this, his senior year.
“This year’s team will be very young with all those losses of seniors and only having three with any varsity experience at all back from last fall. We will need to have some new faces step up to be successful in the NWC and PCL,” Gallmeier noted.
He has plenty of new faces to choose from and all will likely be in the mix to fill in the holes and provide needed depth.
Only one of those is a junior: Cody Woods.
Four of them are 10th-graders: Wyatt Mayberry, Dylan Selby, Gage Irwin and Dylan Owen.
He has five freshmen to finish out the varsity roster: Kyle Welty, Logan Hardeman, Grant Schroeder, Noah Oglesbee, Gage Gerdeman.
Grove commences the upcoming campaign 9 a.m Friday at home (Country Acres) versus Fort Jennings.