Three letterwinners return and they will be among the key players for the Goshen High School boys golf team that begins the 2013 season Saturday in the Harrison Invitational on the Coyote Crossing Golf Course at West Lafayette.
The three veterans are junior Alex Hartsough and sophomores Michael Chupp and Joel Moyer.
Due to the less-than-springlike weather conditions so far this season, most of the Redskin practice time has been indoors.
“I’ve seen their swings and am anxious to see them play,” said coach Brent Randall who is beginning his seventh season guiding the Redskins. “We are lopsided when it comes to underclassmen with only one senior. The upside of that is the team holds a lot of promise.”
Goshen finished with an 11-9 overall record, 0-7 in the NLC.
Losses to graduation were Burke Herr, Paul Johnson, Tommy Palczynski, Austin Shaffer and Kenneth Shields.
The Redskins placed sixth in the NLC (337 team score) at Bent Oak Golf Club a year ago. Shaffer carded a 77, Shields 83, Moyer 88, Hartsough 89 and Johnson 90. Goshen finished eighth (352) in the IHSAA sectional at Black Squirrel Golf Club. Moyer carded an 85, Johnson 87, Hartsough 89, Shaffer 91 and Shields 95.
One of the team’s goals this season is to get back on the winning side of things in the NLC.
“That has been a focus,” Randall said. “Hardly a day goes by that we don’t mention it. Going a whole season without a league win was tough. We were in matches and lost a lot of close ones.”
Due in part to those close conference losses the Redskins were eager to start this season.
“We have been doing conditioning since January,” Randall said. “The kids have not been afraid to work. We have been doing medicine ball work, stairs and a lot of running. The kids are physically stronger and we are hoping that will transfer over to the course. We are doing this because we want to get better.”
The lone senior on the roster is Nate Gingerich. Other juniors are Ryan Doyle, Chase Goodman, Jacob Pries and Quinn Albin. Brooks Chupp is another sophomore.
The largest class is the freshmen with Jordan Chadwick, Parker Collins, Matthew Truex, Jonathan Salisbury and Matthew Stevens.
“This is the biggest freshmen class I’ve had here,” Randall said. “The class shows some promise. They came up through the middle school program. Two of them have gone through our summer camp program and could be competing for varsity spots.”
John Moyer is the Goshen Middle School golf coach.
The program is starting to help turn out some good young golfers,” Randall said.
Hartsough averaged 41 for nine holes last season.
“He will probably be out No. 1 golfer,” the coach said. “He had the lowest average among the returnees.”
Michael Chupp and Moyer both averaged around 43 and are in competition for the No. 2 and 3 slots.
“Both have a lot of varsity experience,” Randall said.
Gingerich is a player Randall is counting upon.
“This is his third season and we need him to play well,” the coach said. “He’s a good athlete. He as the most valuable player on the soccer team last fall.”
Albin played as a freshman, but not last season.
“He came to watch the sectional last year because he missed it,” Randall said. “He pulled me aside and told me he was committed to making the team this season.”
Pries, Brooks Chupp, Salisbury and Truex are others that could help the Redskins.
“Pries had a breakout late last season and was averaging in the low 40s,” Randall said. “Brooks Chupp was our most improved player a year ago. He was averaging in the 60s early in the season. Playing with his dad and his grandfather over the summer he was never out of the 40s. He had a low of 42. He is a kid that can help us. Salisbury could have a good career for us. Truex is showing signs. He is another golfer that came out of the middle school program. He is averaging in the 40s.”
Randall coached at Bethany Christian High School for 15 seasons before coming to Goshen. He has a career record of 92-24.
Brock Rose, who is the GHS head girls coach golf, is the boys assistant.
This year’s NLC tournament will be at Maplecrest Country Club on Saturday, May 18 and the sectional will be at Black Squirrel on Friday, May 31.
Apr. 6 — Harrison Inv. at Coy. Cros
Apr. 8 — Northridge-Fairfield at Maplecrest
Apr. 9 — Memorial-Lakeland-West Noble at Maplecrest
Apr. 11 — Central-Marian at Maplecrest
Apr. 13 — Goshen Inv. at Maplecrest
Apr. 20 — Lakeland Invitational at Heron Creek
Apr. 25 — Central Noble at Cobblestone
Apr. 27 — Wawasee Invitational at South Shore
Apr. 30 — John Glenn-LaVille at Swan Lake
May 4 — Homestead Invitational at Orchard Ridge
May 7 — Concord-Memorial at Maplecrest
May 9 — Plymouth at Plymouth Country Club
May 14 — NorthWood-Warsaw at McCormick Creek
May 16 — Northridge-Wawasee at South Shore
May 18 — NLC at Maplecrest
May 23 — Jimtown-Westview at Maplecrest
May 28 — Bethany-Bremen at Maplecrest
May 31 — Sectional at Black Squirrel
June 6 — Regional at Stonehenge
June 11 — State at The Legends of Indiana
June 12 — State at The Legends of Indiana