By Sara Tischauser
The Seymour boys’ golf team is looking to their 10 returning golfers for experience and leadership.
Jeff Wagner, third year Seymour golf coach, said the team will be returning six starters and are hoping to give some younger players time to play.
Returning letter winners this year are Adam Doyle, Tristen Recher, Logan Mattson, Jonathon Milheiser, Braeden Prilepp and Henry Van Ess. Other players expected to play key roles on the team are Connor Bachman, Evan Gady, Kyle Holewinski, Reid Huss, Ian Jones, Brandon Pettier and Garret Sigl.
“I feel we have a solid group at the top, but lack some depth,” Wagner said. “It will be important to get our freshman and sophomore golfers ready to contribute this season.”
This season, Wagner said the team will be without some of last year’s starters.
“We lost four starters from last year’s team,” Wagner said. “We had a strong freshmen group last year and I am looking for a couple of them to contribute this season.”
Even with a shorter season last year, the team had some season highlights in the condensed season.
“Last year was a tough season since it was shortened by the weather,” Wagner said. “The highlight had to be our conference championship. We placed third with three golfers earning conference honors.”
This season, Wagner already sees areas the team can improve on.
“I would like to see some short game improvements this year,” Wagner said. “We had far too many mistakes around the greens last season. Our first practice is March 25 and that will be a focus this season.”
The competition in the conference is expected to be tough again this season, but Wagner is hoping some of the younger golfers on the team step up.
“I expect Xavier and West DePere will be battling for the top spot this season. New London, Shawano and Menasha will also be battling for third place along with Seymour,” Wagner said. “We have a young team this season so we will need some underclassman to step up this year.”
Wagner said the team is looking to improve on last season.
“Coming off of a thrid place finish in conference last season, I feel it’s important we continue to improve,” Wagner said. “Finishing in the top three is a realistic goal for this season. We are looking to close the gap on the top two teams.”