COSHOCTON — Promising newcomers are boosting a young Coshocton golf team in 2012.
Veteran coach Kevin Kittell only has three returning varsity players — sophomores Patrick Brouse, Sam Magness and Luke Sutton — giving the Redskins a roster that features no juniors or seniors. But Kittell is encouraged for the season.
“I am very much looking forward to the season,” Kittell said. “We have a very young team, but I can already tell we have a lot of heart and desire.”
Freshman Gage Bosson highlights the young group. Named Kittell’s No. 1 golfer for the season, Bosson routinely has set the pace, with three 80-or-lower rounds including a 76 at the Waterford Invite.
In addition to Bosson, several other new faces will round out the Coshocton roster. Sophomores Deshaun Anderson, Thomas Gauerke, Jake Glasure, Mitchell Milliken and Tristen Spinks, as well as freshmen Deryk Bowman and Pranav Kotla will look to make an impact this season.
The team got a recent boost with the addition of exchange students Gun Satayachiti from Thailand and Joshua Trout from Germany.
Both saw their first action last week, with Satayachiti leading the reserves with a 37 at the Coshocton County Cup.
Kittell hopes the new players can make an impact and the team can reach its peak by tournament time.
“I believe this year’s squad will mesh together as a team and progressively improve as the season moves on,” he said. “We have a legitimate chance to advance into the district tournament and compete with the top teams in the East Central Ohio League.”
Chad Gress brings back his No. 1 golfer from last season in senior Ross Anglin and a host of young players to go with him.
Anglin has led the team so far this season, grabbing medalist honors at the County Cup and Danville Invite.
He’s joined by promising freshman Kyle Daugherty, who led the team in a tri-match with Rosecrans and West Holmes at Hilltop.
Sophomore Trenton Elliot has occupied the third spot for Gress, while junior Riley Zimmerman and freshmen Jonathan Dart and Matthew Brillhart battle for the fourth spot.
The team is rounded out by juniors John Rice and Kory Rinehart and freshmen Tanner Belangia, Bradley Conkling and Brodey Dickerson.
The 2012 Generals will look to replace Tanner Stoffer, who will golf for West Liberty University this season, as well as Seth Finton and Austin Manning.
Early in the season, senior Tyler Davis has stepped into Stoffer’s shoes. Davis paced the Generals to a win in the County Cup and earned medalist honors three times.
Fellow senior Howie Young has contributed in the No. 2 spot, while freshman Nick Blakley jumped right into the varsity lineup at No. 3.
Junior Wesley Cochran and Nathan Hoffman and sophomore Sam Bucher all vie for the fourth spot.
Ridgewood coach Doug Davis’ roster is rounded out by junior Jake Pollock, sophomores Cameron Mizer and Austin Brown and freshmen Tad Landis and Bobby Cowdery.
Senior Paige Lane will hope to build on her first-team Inter-Valley Conference and first-team Eastern District 2011 season as she leads Ridgewood in 2012.
On the season, Lane has performed well, including an 88 at the Tri-County Girls Golf League Preseason Tournament at Pleasant View and a 38 at Wilkshire, but the rest of the team has shown growing pains, with Ridgewood at 1-14 on the season.
Two-year letterwinners Shelby Matchett and Michelle Fellows graduated from last year’s team, leaving Lane and junior Amanda Matchett, who received All-IVC honorable mention last year, as the only returning players for third-year coach Craig Reveal.
Reveal will look to three incoming freshmen, Kaitlyn Finton, Kristin Poorman and Samantha Wilson to boost the team.