Six teams from the Southeastern District hit the links this morning at Bide-A-Wee golf course. The coaches give us a preview on what they expect from their team this season:
Great Bridge Head Coach, Mickey Irving, wants more from his team this year.
“We continue to improve every week. We have good leadership from junior, Carter Old who is our number one player. I think that everybody is rallying behind him with his work ethic. The competition at practice is almost as good as the competition at the matches. I really think that is making us better because they are really working hard every day, not just on match day,” said Irving.
“I think when you’re at Great Bridge your goal every year is to try to win the PenSouth Conference. That is our main goal. Then anything after that is like a Christmas present or gift. We want to advance. We finished second last year in conference and want to win it this year and take it another step further and finish in the top,” said Irving.
Lakeland Head Coach, Stephen Watkins, will be going through a rebuilding year but still optimistic about his team. “I think we will do fairly well. I have four seniors this year. We are looking forward to a good conference tournament. Our expectations are to finish in the top two in conference and qualify as a team for regionals.”
Deep Creek Head Coach, Cam Pollock, hopes to have another successful season. “Last year went through the conference 5-0 and won the conference tournament. Hoping for a repeat this year. Churchland is the team to beat in our conference. We’ll see how that will pan out,” said Pollock.
Western Branch Head Coach, Karl Quinn, wants his team to play its best out on the course. “Expectations for the team this year would be that they play as well as they can all year. They are all young kids, sometimes they do well and sometimes they don’t, as long as they try.”
Nansemond River Head Coach, Craig Stephenson, has high expectations for his team. “We are in a rebuilding year. I still expect us to win our conference but regionals are going to be tough. We play in a tough region with a state champion that won last year. We are very young only have one senior on the team.”
Hickory Head Coach, John Holmes knows they will have to improve every match to get where they want to ultimately be. “We’ve been working hard on managing the course. Each match that we have played already, we’ve got better,” said Coach Holmes. “As a team sport, you want to make it to post season. We did win our conference last year with a pretty good team. We will have to play really well to make it to the region again this year.”
Reigning champs or rebuilding the program, the coaches are optimistic about their teams and ready for another season on the green.