Boys Golf Team Should Be Strong in Spring

Ryan (Fuzz) French, Staff Writer, Journalism I

The boys golf team hopes to return to the state tournament.

With five possible returning lettermen this year, the team is looking pretty good.

The team only loses senior Patrick Darling who tied for conference Player of the Year last year.

Darling is a big loss, but the seniors of this year’s team will be looking to fill the shoes.

Returning seniors include Jack Halama, Max Pallini, Sam Warpinski, Michael Hiede and Jackson Strohmeyer. The team also returns junior Fuzz French and sophomore Joel Meglic.

The team last year was the first in 14 years to not make it to the state tournament. Although the team did not make it, two players did.

Senior Jack Halama qualified and Sam Warpinski did also. Both played well at the state final and represented NDA very well.

The team last year may not have made it to the state tournament, but the team did end up winning the conference.

The conference last year was very competitive and the NDA team pulled through.

The golf team won three of the tournaments that are within conference play and tied for first in three.

Winning and tying these six tournaments allowed the NDA team to hold a one and half point lead over the Sheboygan North team.

The competition will be even tougher this year with Sheboygan North returning four players and Bay Port returning three, including Bay Port’s number one player.

Many people may not know how the golf team is selected for NDA.

The team can only send five people to a golf meet.

The first five are selected during tryouts. If there are more than five people who consistently have the average score to play for varsity, Coach Brian Bobinski will hold a playoff for the last spots available.

Usually the first three spots are locked down and those people have played the best so they can’t lose their spot. However, when players start playing bad, it becomes a whole different story.

The last two spots generally are filled with the results of a playoff.

The playoff is usually a nine-hole match where Coach Bobinski fluctuates handicaps and such, so that those that are playing well are rewarded for it.