Bearcats look to build on last year’s successful season on the link
Despite the weather not looking like golf season, Coach Brian Lux in his 18th year as head golf coach is looking forward to another year driving the Bearcats down the fairways.
The Cats last year had a great season for both the boys and girls who won the NEC ‘B” conference and placed second at regions allowing both teams to qualify for state. The boys missed medaling by one spot finishing seventh and the girls came in 10th. Bearcat linksters Chase Amdahl and Shae Sichmeller had top 25 finishes.
Senior Trevor Case along with sophomores Jackson Knight, Tristen Anderson and Landon Kuecker will be joined by freshmen Galvin Anderson, Caleb Sannes and Louis Wiley for the boys. Case and the trio of sophomores are returning letter winners. On the girls side of the ball will be returning letter winner Madison Coester and Mackenzie Kwasniewski.
Lux said we only have four golfers that have a lot of experience coming back so our first challenge will be to get some younger golfers ready for varsity competition.”
The Bearcats has a slew of middle schoolers out. Lux said 16 of those golfers might have some opportunity to help out the varsity.
Coach Lux expects his golf team to come out to practice and work hard on their game and maybe by the time conference and regions come around they will have two competitive teams again. Lux said it will be no different this year as the region has been very tough. In the region Lux sees Aberdeen Christian, Great Plains Lutheran, Ipswich and Hamlin as the teams to keep an eye on are Hamlin and Deuel in the conference play.
It will be a rebuilding year as the Bearcats lost eight seniors to graduation with five on the boys side and three on the girls. Graduating were Amdahl, Jayden Hortness, Tanner Valsvig, Marcus Block, Dawson Anderson, Sichmeller, Taylor Ryan and Arianna Storley.
Lux said, “It is going to be very tough to replace them for what they did for our golf team the last few years.” With that said Lux added we will need Trevor and Madison to take over the leadership role for our team.
While the schedule is still being finalized and baring weather, every course is tough if you don’t hit the ball well, Lux Said. One course the Bearcats are to see play on is Lee Park in Aberdeen and according to Lux it will test every part of the Bearcat game..
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