Preview: New faces are here for Woodbury boys' golf
New faces will fill most of the spots in the lineup for the Woodbury boys' golf team this spring.
Aside from senior Lucas Erickson, the Royals will be looking to five varsity newcomers to make the jump to varsity.
Last year, the Royals finished in the top half of the Suburban East Conference final standings. This season, Woodbury will start the season with players getting acclimated to competition at the varsity level.
"A lot of the kids that we have right now are not new to golf, or new to our team," head coach Kent Getzlaff said. "They are just going to be new to varsity."
Senior Jim Heron and sophomore Ryan Muzzy are expected to help contribute to the varsity team this season as well.
With new players getting into the varsity game, Getzlaff said this will be a good season for them to continue improving.
"There are a couple of ways to look at it," Getzlaff said. "Certainly, there are going to be a lot of challenges, but there are also some pretty talented younger players. If you look at it from an optimistic viewpoint, then we've got to keep practicing and getting better each day and the team could be in really good shape in a couple of years."
Golf is often a challenging sport to keep producing consistent scores, and Getzlaff expects both good and bad days with sophomores and freshmen playing on the varsity team. But he credited the players for being a hard-working, coachable group.
"I think we have a pretty good idea of who at this point is going to be in our top six," Getzlaff said. "But in regards to what we expect from them in match play, I think it's going to be inconsistent."
Woodbury will start its season with a meet April 17 at the Stillwater Country Club.