Polars boys golf seeking improvement

The North High School boys golf team didn’t have a lot of varsity experience last season and ended up finishing seventh in the Metro East Conference. 

With five letter winners returning this spring, head coach Jim Pearson would like to see some improvement in 2016.

“We have players with a year’s experience playing for the Polars,” Pearson said. “I hope this will pay off. We want to move up in the conference standings.”

North’s top returning golfer is sophomore Logan Xiong, who was honorable mention All-Conference in 2015. He led the team with a nine-hole scoring average of 43.6 and an average score of 88.8 in 18-hole events.

Other returning letter winners include senior captain Carter Mogren, senior Michael Pickar and juniors Michael Ettinger and Dale Coggin.

“With these players playing most of the matches last year, I hope that this experience will help this year,” Pearson said.

Senior Brandon Anderson also returns after not playing last season.

Pearson has 10 other players looking to crack the varsity lineup. They include: seniors Dawson Duchesneau, Greg Larsen and Jacob Empting; juniors Michael Geving, Joshua Korngable and Josh Steckler; sophomore Bryce Phillips; and eighth-graders Joe Arko and Jacob McClanahan.

“This is the most players we have kept with the hope of improving their game and getting used to competitive golf in many years,” Pearson said. “With a lot of new players to competitive team golf, they’ll have to learn this process while playing in matches.”

North opened the season with three events last week and has two on the schedule this week. The Polars take on Simley and Hill-Murray at Inverwood Golf Course on April 19 ,and Tartan and St. Thomas Academy at Oak Marsh Golf Course on April 21.

“Our outlook is to just get better,” Pearson said. “We are the blue-collar team trying to compete with the country club team with pro instruction. So we just keep grinding away and hope that those putts will drop.”

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

 

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