|Brown begins second decade as Ottoville golf coach|
|Wednesday, August 07, 2013 12:31 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
OTTOVILLE — The Ottoville golf unit finished as Division III Sectional champions (Auglaize Country Club) in 2012, sporting a 16-4 overall mark.
The Big Green crew took second in the Putnam County League race for head coach Jim Brown.
The 11th-year head coach hopes to improve his 137-29 record with three letterwinners from that team to lead the way in 2013.
The top returnee is third-year junior Wesley Markward (42.1 per-9 average), along with fourth-year senior Luke Schimmoeller (43.3) and second-year senior Matt Turnwald (47.5).
However, he must replace four key veteran seniors from a year ago: 4-year men and top golfer Zach Weber, Derek Schimmoeller and Craig Odenweller, along with 1-season veteran Logan Kortokrax.
“We have those three top golfers back from last year, so that is a strength. Overall, though, we have a lack of experience, especially in our fourth through sixth men,” Brown noted. “We won’t be as strong as we have been in past season with the loss of those four seniors. We will work hard and be competitive in most matches this year.”
Looking to do just that is two newcomers that Brown cites as players likely to surprise people due to being the most experienced underclassmen in senior Ryan Kemper and junior Brendan Schnipke.
Four other newcomers will fight it out for the other two spots in the top seven: sophomore Bailey Seibert, freshman Kaleb Hanicq, freshman Bryce Hoehn and classmate Thomas Waldick.
In the PCL, Brown expects Kalida to be the odds-on favorite.
Ottoville opened the 2013 campaign Tuesday with a 178-183 victory over Bluffton at Bluffton Golf Club.
The Big Green hosts Kalida today and take on Jefferson 9 a.m. Thursday.