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Roundup: Area golf teams tee off for fall season
Windermere Observer Friday, Sep. 5, 2014 5 years ago

Roundup: Area golf teams tee off for fall season

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by: Steven Ryzewski Senior Sports Editor

GOLF-ROUNDUP

CFCA boys golf

Coach: Dale Peterson (ninth year)

2013: Finished fifth in Class 1A, District 10 

Key returners: Kevin Devin (Soph.), Adam Hodge (Sr.), Aaron Howard (Sr.), Stephen Jones (Soph.), Andrew McCabe (Jr.) and Nicolas Peterson (Soph)

Outlook: “The future is bright due to the young talent on the team of this small Christian school. Improved shot making, strategy and maturity in golf are goals leading to an improved finish in a tough district.” — Dale Peterson

Foundation Academy boys golf

Coach: Mike Gale (first year)

Key returners: Josh Dilena (Soph.), Ben Griffith (Sr.), Joe Dougherty (eighth), Alan Smith (eighth), Bryson Boast (eighth), Ian Fitzpatrick (eighth), Jason Ralph (seventh), Nick Harris (Jr.), Noah Johnson (Soph.)

Outlook: “Dinela, Dougherty, Smith and Griffin are leading the team with Fitzpatrick, Harris and Boast battling for varsity spots. Ralph is showing improvement daily and Johnson, a former football player, rounds out the squad. The team is young, but expectations are high.” — Mike Gale

Ocoee boys golf

Coach: David Victor (fourth year)

2013: Finished 3-9-1.

Key Returners: Mahindra Lutchman (Jr.),  Johnny Schlager (Soph.)

Newcomers to watch: Kris Boddie (Jr.)

Outlook: “With two of the best young golfers in the area, our program looks to take a giant step in the right direction. With Mahindra Lutchman going for his third straight appearance in the 3A Regional Tournament, and Johnny Schlager feeling more comfortable in the high school role, and with a schedule that features quality opponents and great golf courses, we are looking to have a winning record for the first time in many years.” — David Victor

Ocoee girls golf

Coach: Michael Smoley (second year)

2013: Finished winless

Key returners: Courtney Stewart (Jr.), Amy Reyes (Jr.), Banessa Torres (Jr.)

Newcomers to watch: Anastasia Spruce (Fr.), Abby Pauline (Fr.), Christina Simpson (Fr.)

Outlook: “This is only the second year Ocoee has had a girls golf team since 2007. We are simply trying to improve day-by-day.” — Michael Smoley

Olympia boys golf

Coach: Kevin McElveen (ninth season)

Key returners: Myles Eakin (Sr.), Jeff Quinn (Sr.), Sahil Vitha (Sr.), Doug Smith (Jr.), Jackson Burttram (Jr.)

Newcomers to watch: Jacob Rickard (Jr.), Alex Lee (Fr.)

Outlook: “We are looking forward to another great season and very excited about our schedule. We will be tested all season and hopefully we will be much better for it in the postseason. Missing out on states last year by one shot has been a great motivator in the off season for the team and they are just looking forward to getting back on the course.” —  Kevin McElveen

Olympia girl golf

Coach: Kimberly Childress

Key returners: Olympia has no returning players from the 2013 team.

Newcomers to watch: The Titans have six girls on the roster with no experience.

Outlook: After winning the Metro from 2003 to 2012, during which time Olympia won five regional championships and finished as state runner-up twice, the Titans are in rebuilding mode.

West Orange boys golf

Coach: Scott Baker (First year)

2013: Finish sixth at state finals

Key returners: Kyler Tate (Sr.), William Wrigley (Sr.), Harrison Chane (Sr.), Trevor Grant (Jr.)

Newcomers to watch: Dylan Bitterbender (Fr.)

Outlook: “We live by the philosophy of living in the moment. Making sure any negative outcome is not personal, permanent or pervasive, which allows us to play each shot as it needs to be played.” — Scott Baker 

West Orange girls golf

Coach: Vernon Hair (eighth year)

2013: Finished 12-1 and won the Metro Conference. Warriors were district and regional champs before placing eighth at the state tournament.

Key returners: Bianca Aldir, Delaney Young, Linna Brooks, Astalia Narcisse, Aly Moya, Keona Evans

Newcomers to watch: Lauren Cobb, Michelle Bagsic

Outlook: “The girls have worked hard over the summer. Potentially, we could be better than last year.” — Vernon Hair

Windermere Prep girls golf

Coach:  Scott Yates (second year)

2013: District Champions, regional Champions and finished fourth in the state.

Key returners: Gaby Coello (Jr.), Amanda He (Sr.), Ailin Li (Sr.), Megan Ikeda (seventh), Monica Garcia (Sr.)

Outlook: The Lakers girls team figures be one of Central Florida’s best and a contender at the state level.

Windermere Prep boys golf

Coach: Scott Yates (second year)

2013: District Champions and finished fourth in regional tournament.

Key returners: Manolo Girona (Soph.), Terrence Zhang (Sr.), Bryce Burke (Sr.), Sully Zagerman (Jr.). Chase Nowicki (Soph.), Patricio Guiot (Soph.)

Newcomer to watch: Eric Berggren (eighth)

Outlook: “This team is ready for a run at a state championship.” — Scott Yates

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