The Port Huron Northern girls golf team has big plans for 2016.
And honestly, why shouldn’t they?
The Huskies are going to look familiar from last year’s squad as they return all five players from last year’s regional tournament team, including junior Megan Randolph – the 2015 Times Herald Girls Golfer of the Year.
With a second place finish in the MAC Red last year, the Huskies know they have what it takes to compete for their second conference title in the last three seasons.
“We were right there competing with that top team,” Huskies head coach Kyle Whymer said. “With improvements all of our returners have made, we should be able to compete for a league title.”
Northern started off its conference season on the right note with a narrow 188-190 win over Grosse Pointe South on Thursday, led by Cassidy Koschnitzke and her 43.
At this point, it’s well-known what Randolph can bring to the table, especially after a summer where she broke the women’s scoring record at the Port Huron Elks.
However, it’s the other talented returning golfers that will decide if the Huskies can capture that MAC Red crown, and Whymer is certainly confident in those other returners, which includes seniors Koschnitzke and Margaret Smith.
“(Koschnitzke) had a good year last year, and I think she’ll be better than last year since she’s coming off of a good summer,” Whymer said. “(Smith is) really a great ball-striker and has put together a great game.”
The Huskies will also be returning sophomore Grace Mills and Lanie Plater from last year’s regional team. In addition to the five returners from the last event of 2015, Northern is still adding more golfers, but the chemistry on the team is still strong.
“I think (chemistry is) important; we need to be able to talk to each other,” Randolph said. “There’s a lot of new girls so we are starting to learn about each other, too.”