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Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ golf ‘should be competitive every time out’

Girls’ golf team made up of mostly newcomers, Wolves will focus on learning game better, improving every week
By Ashlee De Wit | Mar 28, 2013
Photo by: Ashlee De Wit Front row, from left: Klayton Booth, Zach Davis and Collin Gerling. Back row, from left: Thayne McElhinney, Sam Jennings, Brody Heying, Jake Edwards and Kolt Rossiter.

The Winfield-Mt. Union boys’ golf team returns a lot of experience, but still have some work to do this season. The girls’ team is largely new, and will have to focus on making improvements each week they compete.

The boys graduated only one player, Eric Spencer, and they bring back senior Brody Heying, juniors Jake Edwards and Klayton Booth, and sophomore Thayne McElhinney.

Edwards leads the group with an average score of 40.6, followed by Heying, 43.8; Booth, 44.3, and McElhinney, 54.4.

“We have good experience coming back,” Coach Dave Therme said. “We’ll still need to cut strokes off, and need to find a couple more scorers to fill out the team. We need to score consistently. But with the experience we have coming back, we should be competitive every time out.”

The team adds four freshmen: Sam Jennings, Collin Gerling, Kolt Rossiter and Zach Davis.

Despite having no freshmen, the team is still very inexperienced.

They return only two varsity letterwinners, and six players are new to the team.

They bring back Lauren Baker, a junior who averaged a score of 56.8 last season, and sophomore Grace Edwards, who averaged 55.4

They add seniors Hanna Koontz, Kaitlyn Damerval and Katie Benson, junior Shelby Therme and sophomores Meg Proffitt and Nicole Escher.

“We’re inexperienced overall,” Therme said. “The key to the season will be learning the game more. We’re looking to improve each week and find two or three scorers to use on varsity.”

Therme has been coaching boys’ and girls’ golf at W-MU for six years. He is assisted by Nikki Gerling.

The boys’ team begins the season at the Keokuk Tournament on Tuesday, April 2, and both teams will be playing Thursday, April 4, at Louisa-Muscatine.

 

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