|Blue Jays young, green on the ‘greens’|
|Wednesday, August 14, 2013 12:18 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — John Klausing has had some veteran teams over the years as the head coach of the St. John’s boys golf unit.
Not so in 2013.
With the loss of six regulars from last fall, including Division III State qualifier Nick Kayser and others that are playing at the small-college level, this year’s flock of Blue Jays will have only one letterwinner back for the fifth-year head man.
With so little experience back — lone senior and third-year varsity player T.J. Hoersten — the ‘green’ Jays will have to grow up in a hurry on the greens of the Delphos Country Club and other locales throughout the region.
“We have a young group this year but they are showing improvement and are giving great effort every week to improve,” Klausing noted. “That is all you can ask of a young team.”
Having to replace the likes of Kayser (4-year varsity player), Sean Flanagan (3 years), Cole Fischbach (3 years), Craig Klausing (3 years), Aaron Miller (3-years) and Drew Wagner (2 years) — key cogs for District-qualifying units in 2010 and 2011 and a runner-up finisher in the Midwest Athletic Conference in 2011 — Klausing has already eyed improvement during the early part of the newest campaign.
Lone junior J.R. Keirns, lone sophomore Brandon Slate and freshmen Stephen Leathers, Ryan Dickman and Austin Lucas give Klausing hope for not only this year but down the road.
“We will still be seeking to finish in the top four in the MAC,” he added.
St. John’s participated in the Colonial Golf Invitational Tuesday morning and will next be in the Kalida Wildcat Invitational this morning at Country Acres to continue this season after opening Aug. 6.