|Quartet of lettermen return for Brinkman’s golfers|
|Wednesday, August 07, 2013 12:27 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — Chad Brinkman begins his fourth season at the helm of the Jefferson golf unit with a 38-30 mark.
That includes last fall’s 17-8 overall mark, 10-8 in the Northwest Conference.
Four starting veterans from that unit return to lead the way in 2013.
The top ’Cat back is third-year junior Carter Mox, who sported a 46-strike average over nine holes in 2013, good for Honorable Mention All-NWC honors.
Second-year senior Tyler Rice averaged 52 strokes, matching second-year junior Zack Wannemacher’s mark, while third-year junior Ryan Bullinger had a 54 average.
Brinkman does have to replace his top two golfers from a year ago: third-year men Nick Gallmeier (1st-Team NWC) and Tyler Wrasman (2nd-Team NWC), along with fourth-year player Jacob Violet.
“Our strength will be experience at the top of the program, while a weakness is overall golf management. We will be working to improve swing and scoring consistency to improve our golf management,” Brinkman said. “Carter Mox will be shooting for 1st-Team NWC honors and a personal first district berth. All our golfers are competing for a strong season with a goal of a top-3 finish in the NWC and overall personal improvement in the game.”
Hoping to do that are a boatload of promising newcomers, all underclassmen: junior Nick Fitch and freshmen Andrew Foust, Evan Mox, Tristen Moore, Connor Berelsman and Alex Theobald.
As well, for the first time in a number of years, the Wildcats will have two girls as part of the varsity program: sophomores Bailey Gorman and Brooke Gallmeier.
“I am looking forward to working with the new and veteran young men and women,” the coach added. “We have good numbers this year, with eight newcomers to our program, all with excellent character and willingness to learn and improve.
“We look for a strong top-3 finish in the NWC. Allen East, Bluffton and Paulding have solid teams.
The Wildcats opened their season Tuesday night at the Springbrook Golf Invitational hosted by Allen East. Next up is a home match today versus Fort Jennings and a Thursday home match at home versus Ottoville Thursday (9 a.m. tee-off).