LANCASTER — After getting a taste of postseason success in 2011, the Lancaster boys golfers want more.
Senior Trevor Cohen is coming off a berth in the Division I state golf tournament. Maxim Boone, a junior, also qualified for the district tournament. The Golden Gales return all of their varsity players from 2011 and hope to make a more team-oriented statement this year.
“(Our goal is) try to make it out of sectionals as a team,” senior Josh Ebbrecht said. “Try to go as far as we can and win a couple tournaments.”
Cohen and Boone led the way for Lancaster in 2011 and expect to again this year. But the group of Ebbrecht, Drew Winegardner, Michael Spencer and Jeremy Hill all hope to solidify the middle and help the Gales go higher.
Having reliable players such as Cohen and Boone is motivating for the middle group, as they have someone at which to aim. But the pressure is there to score well and help the team, coach Jeff Bates said.
“When you have two players shooting really low, it does put pressure on (Nos. 3, 4 and 5) to do well,” Bates said. “They want to lower our team score so we can compete team-wise and not just individually.”
“It puts an impression on us and makes us want to do better as a team,” Winegardner said. “Make us really, really good instead of having a few make it out of sectionals.”
For Ebbrecht and Winegardner, the offseason was used to focus on mental aspects. Cohen said he learned the same thing at the state in 2011, when he had a two-round score of 165.
“There’s all the best players in the state, college coaches walking around,” Cohen said. “(I learned) just really how to focus. Even when you hit a bad shot, you keep your cool and don’t blow up.”
After playing basketball in the winter, Cohen has been working since the spring to get back to the level at which he ended his junior year. He said he is just starting to get there and hopes to improve during the fall.
Bates said this is one of the deepest teams in his six years at Lancaster. Beyond the top five, the next three players all are close and could challenge the bottom of the varsity team. The competition helps everybody.
“We have good leadership,” Bates said. “We have a good core. We have a good chance of doing well.”