Fourth-year head coach Bill Aune said he is looking for support for three letter winners who were the top scorers for the Eagles in 2018.
Kyle Daoust, Jared Linskins and Alan Malcore each averaged around 50 strokes per nine holes last season. The key to success will be finding individuals to provide depth for the Eagles in match play.
“Our three letter winners will be strong,” Aune said. “We have four or five golfers who could help us fill the fourth spot. We have another group after that group that could be pretty good.”
First-year coach Erik Tauschek has a larger-than-usual group of seniors on his roster, including two who participated in the Ripon Sectional last season.
Reece Nellis and Nathan Hendrickson both gained valuable experience at the sectional meet and will be joined by fellow seniors Logan Jahnke, Ryan Safranski and Jack Grantham. Tauschek said the top newcomers for the Clippers are Andrew Konop and Elden Antonio.
“The season will be a success if we are able to focus and play team golf,” Tauschek said. “That means not always going for the crazy, impossible shot that we hit once out of 100 times on the course, but take the safe shot to improve our team score for the round. In golf, the short game is always important, and I know as a team we are going to put an emphasis on practicing that daily.”
Tauschek said he expects perennial powers Peshtigo and Oconto to be the favorites to vie for the Packerland Conference title but added that he’s confident the Clippers can compete in conference play.
“I am hoping we are able to be in a position at the conference tournament at the end of the season to make a run to be the top team,” Tauschek said.
Coach Nicolo Baldarotta has two returning golfers on a team with three on its roster, and he said he hopes to add a few more players.
Tyler Kiehnau and Alex Krause are the Vikings’ returning golfers. They finished 22nd and 26th, respectively, in the Marathon Sectional in 2018. Nikolai Quale is the team’s newcomer.
“This season will be a success if we can go to every tournament and contend for a top spot,” Baldarotta said. “We have a smaller team compared to everyone else, but we have some good golfers on our squad who have a chance to sneak up on some people.”
The Vikings will be bolstered by the return of sophomore Peyton Thomas and junior Jackson Krause. Thomas shot a 91 to finish seventh in the 2018 Lena Regional, and Krause shot a 98 to finish 13th. Both qualified for the Marathon Sectional.
Other returnees include junior Will Anderson and senior Maddie LeClair.