Young golf team strives to aid team achieve goals
BY IAN VOOS ON MARCH 21, 2014
The golf team sets sights high with a conference championship and plans to use new youth on team to aid them in reaching the championship during the season.
The upperclassmen on the team consist of three seniors and one junior leaving the eight remaining players as underclassmen.
“This year we have gained three very promising freshmen and hope their participation will help us reach our team goals,” senior Austin Phillips said.
The new freshmen include Nicholas Loy, Parker Eason and Jackson Stanley.
“I first started playing [golf] when I was five or six with my grandfather as something that we just did together,” Stanley said.
The experience levels of the new players vary from one another. Some have been playing since they were in elementary school, while others have just picked it up within the past few years.
“My grandfather first got me interested in golf, but I only really started playing three or four years ago,” Eason said.
The presence of youth on the team is not looked down upon by the upperclassmen players.
“The new freshmen help round out our team,” Phillips said. “At the beginning of the season, we struggled in terms of our chemistry, but now we are improving and working on catching up in points to Conley and New Bern to take the conference championship.”
The presence of the freshmen on the team is already showing in the recent matches of that they have participated in.
“We recently had a match win over the seven teams in our conference, which was the first Rose golf team overall match win in three years,” Phillips said.
Not only are the underclassmen facing a new challenge of high school golf, but the team altogether is now facing a new conference with different competition, that even the upperclassmen have not seen before.
“This new conference has given all of us new hope that we have a chance to win a conference championship,” Stanley said.
All of the members of the golf team have their sights set high and do not have any plans on straying from those sights.
“My personal goal is to make it to states regardless if the whole team makes it,” Phillips said. “As a whole team I want us to win a conference championship and at least go to regionals from the conference because it is a really close race between Rose, Conley and New Bern.”