By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
Last season was a memorable one for Mt. Pleasant golf. The boys? team is coming off of a sixth-place finish at state and the girls? team is coming off of a seventh-place result.
The boys? team will return three golfers from last year?s state team. Juniors Trace White and Bailey Shelledy will return, along with sophomore Jake Moffett. White, who shot an 84 and an 87 at the state tournament will be their highest placewinner returning.
The boys will have a big hole to fill, however, with the loss of three key seniors from last season. Trevor Mabeus, Jeff Cox and Riley Kempker were the heart of the team last year and also had the top three scores at state.
Among those competing for a spot in the top six are newcomers Rhett Zeglen, Austin Buckert, Grant Goody and Brett Baccam. Evan Folker, who has been with the team for three years, will be fighting for a varsity spot as well.
The Southeast Conference looks to be Washington?s to lose, as the Demons return all but one golfer from last season?s team. The SEC was extremely competitive last season with Washington edging Mt. Pleasant for the crown.
The girls? team returns the majority of their squad last year, although the Panthers will be without two varsity players from their state-qualifying team, including 2017 graduate Cali Liechty.
The Panther girls will rely on a handful of players who have received varsity time last year. Keri Herr, a senior, has been one of the top golfers in the SEC for the last two years. Anni Liechty is coming off an All-Conference performance last year, and both Tori Witthoft and Michal Wohlleber helped the team make state last season.
Among the newcomers are three freshmen who will be competing for a varsity spot right away. Ryann Davidson, Elli Liechty and Grace Sheetz will give the Panthers some promising youth to mix with the experience of their upper-classmen.
The Panther girls will once again be one of the top teams in the SEC. As usual, they?ll be fighting rivals Washington and Fairfield. The three teams have been among the best teams in the state for the last few years.