CAMDEN — Preble Shawnee’s golf team is looking toward quality over quantity for this upcoming season. The Arrows’ roster currently only holds five golfers, but head coach Roy Lucas has a very positive outlook on the season ahead.
“I’ve seen great improvement since the end of last season to the opening tryouts of this season,” said Lucas. “We keep improving every year and I’m looking toward a good season.”
They will be looking to improve upon a year in which they finished sixth overall in the Southwestern Buckeye League’s Buckeye Division. They also took fifth place in the year-end SWBL tournament.
The team is returning four golfers: Senior Evan Deaton, two juniors in Kyle Fryer and Johnny Cottingim, and sophomore Colton Pugh. They are also expected to be the starters for the team this season.
Lucas is particularly looking toward Fryer and Deaton to help out the squad.
“I’m hoping they can do something for themselves as well as the team this year,” said Lucas of the two veterans.
The Arrows will also be gaining a young up-and-comer in freshmen Craig Doty.
Lucas is expecting big things out of his golf team this season. “The returning champs are (Middleville) Madison. Hopefully we’ll be knocking at their door,” he said.
“I’m expecting this to be a seesaw season. We’re ready to explode in a very positive way. Right now, we are trying to find each player’s niche (on the course),” added Lucas.
At the end of it all though, Lucas wants his team to take more away from this season then winning or losing. He asked his golfers to write down their goals this season, but the golf coach has goals of his own for his five players.
“I want them to learn the game and to have fun at it. I hope it’s something they can carry on through their life. Hopefully this season is a life lesson.”
League play started on Friday, Aug. 8, when the Arrows traveled to Waynesville for the season opener.