GOSHEN — The four returning letterwinners bring a renewed optimism to the Goshen High School boys golf team for the 2014 season that begins today in the Harrison Invitational at Coyote Crossing Golf Course near West Lafayette.
“We took some lumps last season,” Goshen coach Brent Randall said. “Experience-wise we were pretty young, now we are a little more mature and it’s time to turn the tables.”
The Redskins finished 8-14 overall, 0-7 in the NLC.
“We are focused on winning in the NLC,” the coach said. “It’s no secret we have not won a conference match the last two seasons. There are never any easy wins in the NLC. You have to be ready to compete at a high level every night.”
The 8-14 mark last season was the first time Goshen finished under .500 for the season in Randall’s seven campaigns at the school. He is 98-44 in those seven seasons. Prior to coming to Goshen he coached Bethany Christian for 15 seasons.
The letterwinners are senior Quinn Albin and Alex Hartsough and juniors Michael Chupp and Joel Moyer.
We have plenty of experience this season,” Randall said.
Hartsough will likely be at No. 1 after averaging 40.5 for nine holes a year ago.
“From tee to green Alex’s game is really solid,” the coach said. “His mental preparation is better this season.”
Albin averaged 41.8 last season and is slotted to play No. 2.
“His iron play and touch around the green are the best parts of his game” Randall said. “His short game might be the best on the team. We had a skill test in practice. We put 10 balls in a bunker. The younger kids got one or two out and on the green while Quinn got all 10 out and five of them were within a 10-foot circle.”
Chupp and Moyer both averaged around 43 a year ago and are competing for the No. 3 and No. 4 spots.