Overcoming the loss of five seniors represents the greatest challenge for the Linfield men’s golf team during the 2015-16 season.
Wildcats coach Greg Copeland enters his 15th season needing to break in an almost entirely new cast of players. Yet Copeland believes the overall depth is perhaps the team’s greatest strength.
Three freshmen, in particular, are showing promise to produce at the varsity level. Mason Krieger, Jackson Hval and Isaac Grebisz all offer tantalizing potential. Other first-year prospects include McMinnville native Tanner Autencio, East Coast transplant Ben Bohanan, newcomer Blake Robinson, and basketball standout Mason Rodby.
“I’m very excited about our new players’ potential,” said Copeland. “Their ability to compete at the college level looks excellent and they have a good demeanor on the course.
Veterans Logan Davis and Sam McClain are expected to be prime-time performers as well. Lettermen Kyle Hargrave, Nathan Pellatz, Max Hanson, James Seeley, Evan Kasberg and Lucas Balala also return. Junior varsity holdovers Michael Sullivan and Tor Strand also are competing for roster spots.
Once combined, the mixture of veterans and first-year players presents a balance point that Copeland has been striving to reach.
“I knew coming into this season we would have good depth,” said Copeland. But our returning players have worked hard on their games during the summer and we should see the benefits of those efforts this fall and spring. The freshmen are all excited to play and everyone seems to get along well”