EATON — The Eaton men’s golf team is looking to reach the top of the division this year. Last year, they finished second in the league and fifth in sectionals – missing the cut for districts by one.
The Eagles will have their work cut out for them with league foe Oakwood, who has won the state title four out of the last five seasons.
“Obviously the ultimate goal is to beat Oakwood to have a chance for the league title,” said coach Tim Appledorn. “They are in our league, they’re in our district, and they’re in our sectional.”
Appledorn believes his team is in a good positon to take the league crown away from the Lumberjacks, stating Oakwood lost three out of their top four players last season.
The Eagles are full of potential this season, with junior and former state champion Cameron Willis, his sister and freshmen Sarah Willis, and senior Andrew Ferguson. The next three spots on the roster will rotate between four players – all depending on how they are preforming at that time.
Trevor Pittman, Austin Cassel, Tyler Springmier, and Caleb Vanzant will all have a chance for a starting role this season.
The team did lose two starters from last season, Austin Moormeier and Austin Dye, but still hold a roster of 17 players, including five seniors, to choose from.
Appledorn hopes, like all coaches, to see his team improve and to get better as the season progresses as well.
“I hope to maintain consistency through the year and to make the players better. Right now, early on in the season the numbers are higher than what we would like. The ultimate goal is working toward tournament season – which is the league and sectional,” said Appledorn.
The top four teams out of sectionals get to go to districts, and that is exactly what Appledorn is hoping to achieve with his talented team.
The team played at the Jaguar Open, a pre-season tournament in Columbus on Aug. 7 and in the Miamisburg Invitational on Tuesday. They officially begin match play when they host league opponents Franklin and Brookeville on Aug. 18.
The Eagles will take on state champion Oakwood on Tuesday, Aug. 26.