|2008 COVINGTON BUCCS GOLF TEAM...
The Buccaneer golf team has strength in numbers in spite of having just one senior.
The future of the Covington golf program appears to be as bright as ever thanks to a significant number of younger kids choosing to pick up a club. Twelve of the seventeen golfers are underclassman, which bodes well for the near future.
"We have seventeen kids on the team this year, so the numbers are really good," said Buccaneer golf coach Bill Wise. "Plus, only one of the kids is a senior (Clark Manson), so we're hoping to have all sixteen back next year and maybe a nice amount in next year's freshman class. I'm excited about the future."
The future for the Buccs begins now as senior Clark Manson returns to the course after playing football a year ago. Manson hopes to make up for lost time and challenge sophomores Eric Beckstedt and Andrew Tobias for low scores.
"There is a lot of healthy competition among the boys for starting jobs," explained Wise. "There should be a battle for low man in each match between Manson, Beckstedt and Tobias, so we'll be pushing each other throughout the season."
The competition will not be limited to those three as several other golfers have the potential to be right there in the mix.
"Tyler Rench, Martin Leistner and Devon Selanders should round out our starting six, but there are no guarantees with the competition we have going for starting spots," Wise said. "We have some new guys this year who have the potential to be very nice players."
Among those are sophomore Lon Bitner and a pair of freshman, Christian Carder and Seth Minnich.
"Lon is new to golf this year, but he has the potential to be really good as he hones his skills," said Wise. "Carder and Minnich have bright futures as well. The biggest challenge for us is to get the J.V. kids some playing and practice time."
The improvement over a team that fielded a senior and five freshman a year ago has Wise confident his team will take a leap forward in 2008.
"We'll probably start one a senior, a junior and four sophomores, so we'll still be fairly young," he stated. "But all those kids have experience and they have improved their games. The kids have played a lot of golf over the summer and it is great to see the level of dedication we have this year. There's no doubt we'll be much better than we were last year."
Which makes for an exciting season on the course for the Buccaneers.