The Van-Far golf team is returning every player from a squad that won the Class 1, District 6 championship in 2017.
Leading the Indians is returning state qualifier Jayson Orr, who was the lone golfer to advance past sectionals a season ago.
“That’s a big push, to get a team to state and not just an individual,” said new Van-Far golf coach Melissa Orr.
Other returners include senior Brayden Christian, junior Ethan Winders, and sophomores Rylee Hanson and Zane Allen.
Freshmen Ashton Garnett and Trevor Winders along with two-sport athlete Trevor Lower are also expected to help the Indians this season.
Melissa Orr said the key to this year’s success is having golfers with consistent scores.
She noted that last season that one golfer would have a good score at one event but then struggle at another.
Team goals include winning districts and sectionals this year.
Melissa Orr, who played golf in high school and has been around the course for years, is this year’s coach. She is joined by her husband Jay Orr, who will be the Indians’ assistant coach.
“He brings great experience to the coaching staff as a former college golfer,” Melissa Orr said. “He is instrumental in helping out with swing analysis.”
Coach Orr said she’s been impressed with how the team is building one another up and supporting each other.
“We have a younger team since we only have three golfers with truly a lot of experience,” she noted.
“Those three just have been amazing at helping the new kids and keeping a positive mindset with it.”
Once again, Van-Far’s team are playing home matches and practicing at the Vandalia Country Club.
Coach Orr said she’s thankful for the Vandalia Country Club being gracious to allow the team to play there.
That relationship allows the team to play there with no fees charged to them.
Students also get a cut rate for a membership to play there after the season.
She’s also thankful for the course’s efforts and getting things ready for the team’s meets and practices and for making the Vandalia Country Club accessible to the Indians’ young program.