Prep girls golf: With large team, Spartans look to gain experience
“Many of our athletes are learning to play 18 holes in a competitive environment for the first time. They are doing well and I think this group is going to make big strides in what is a short but intense schedule,” coach Ed Willie said.
Head coach: Ed Willie
Assistant coach: Kim Willie
Returning starters: Senior Brooke Lindberg; juniors Autumn Cooper, Samantha Mosack, Claire Farnham and Ally Zembo; and sophomores Brynn Johnson, Annabel Manion, Maggie Mueller, Ava Hirvela, Meara Moen, Abby Seacotte and Tara Stratton.
“We graduated seven seniors last year so we will lean on Brynn and Autumn quite a bit this year. They are doing an incredible job,” coach Ed Willie said.
Newcomers: Freshmen Olivia Prendergast, Rainah Morland, Avery Prochazka, Madelyn Bachand, Adalyn Benson and Olivia Quam; juniors MacKenzie Peterson and Ryah Samarzia; and sophomore Makaela Reinke.
What are the team’s strengths?
“Depth,” Ed Willie said. “ We have about six girls that are competing for the last three varsity spots.”
Where could the team improve?
Gaining experience will be important for the Spartans this year, Ed Willie said.
“Many of our athletes are learning to play 18 holes in a competitive environment for the first time. They are doing well and I think this group is going to make big strides in what is a short but intense schedule,” he said.
What will be the biggest challenge this season?
“My biggest challenge is the size of our team,” Ed Willie said. “I love having a team of 21 athletes interested in being on the team and competing in the game of golf. My goal is to give them a meaningful experience where everyone will have had the chance to show what they can do and to meet their goals.”