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St. Wendelin Golf

August 31, 2013
The Advertiser-Tribune

Coach: Dan Ritzler, 11th season.

2012: 7-7 duals, sixth in Midland Athletic League.

Returning letterwinners: Seniors Gabe Walters; Dalton Murray. Junior Joey DeHaven. Sophomore Peter Campbell.

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St. Wendelin Golf:?(left) Makenzie McAfee, Joey DeHaven, Dalton Murray, coach Dan Ritzler, Gabe Walters, Nick Weaver, Cameron Hunter.

Others: Junior Makenzie McAfee. Sophomores Cameron Hunter; Nick Weaver.

Outlook: Even with four veterans back and noticeable improvement over the start of last year's play, Ritzler said there are parts of his players' game that need improvement.

The latter part is true of almost any golfer, but Ritzler said his Mohawks will make the improvements they seek if they just change their approach.

"I've seen some bits and pieces that are better. There are some other things [that need improvement], because all of them want to drive, drive, drive, and what I can't get through kids' heads is you're going to take more strokes around the green and you're going to save more strokes around the green," he said. "Trying to get them to work on that in the off-season, they don't like to spend a lot of time on chipping and putting, and that's actually where you're going to make the biggest improvement in your game."

But they'll need to do that to replace two graduates, which included Kieran Campbell, who had the team's best nine-hole average at 42.58.

Peter Campbell tops the veterans with a 43.85 average. Murray (45.56), Walters (46.81) and DeHaven (47) finished between 45 and 47 last year.

Another challenge this year is depth. The Mohawks have just seven players, with none coming from the freshman class.

The race for the league title also looks competitive, Ritzler said, since many schools lost talented players to graduation.

He said Hopewell-Loudon, Fremont St. Joe and Carey appear to be the ones leading the way as the Midland Athletic League wraps up its final season, but added St. Wendelin could also find its way into the battle.

"Our goal is to get better as the season goes on. We feel we can finish at the top of the league but we have to understand course management and eliminate some bad swings," Ritzler said.

"Last year of the MAL, it would be nice to go out on top. It should be interesting," he said. "The shootouts and the league tournament, it's going to be hard to say [who wins]."



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