The Van-Far golf squad lost three players but gained three more for a five-man crew on the 2013 season.
Down Todd Udelhoven, Adam Brewer, and Bryan Mink, the team picked up three freshmen: Nick Crow, Trenton DeTienne, and Dalton Buie.
“I have five men playing golf for me this year, which is the same amount that I had last year,” Van-Far head golf coach Dane Brooks said. “With baseball also going on in the same season, golf and track tend to take a hit in numbers. However, we manage with what he have. After all, all you need is five guys for a golf team.”
Returners to the team this year are junior Cody Buie and sophomore Brandon Otis.
“They bring experience to the team,” Brooks said.
“They have competed in some of our bigger tournaments and districts for at least a year, so they know what to expect and won’t be caught off guard when the time comes. (Otis) and Cody (Buie) are our leaders because they have been in this before. Having three freshmen is scary and exciting at the same time because I don’t know what to expect, but I am ready to see what they bring to the table, as well.”
Brooks said the team is laid back, which should play into the leisure of the game.
“I don’t see anything getting to these boys,” he said. “I feel they will just go out and play golf, have fun with it and do well.”
With just two returning to the team with experience, Brooks said the team is hinging on better weather to get the younger players some time on the greens.
“Unlike most other sports where you can watch and do endless amount of drills to learn the game, the best way to learn the game of golf is to get out there and play,” he said.
“However, Mother Nature has put a huge damper on our playing so far this year. In the four weeks we have been allowed to practice, we have stepped foot on the links three times. We can only do so much during an indoor practice. I expect my boys to go out and be loose and compete every hole of every meet or tournament we have this year, however many that may be. All we need now is a little cooperation from Mother Nature. “