New men’s golf coach John Sandberg enters the 2016-17 season full of optimism.
Sandberg takes over for Greg Copeland, who stepped back into the role of assistant coach after 15 seasons leading the program.
Sandberg likes what he sees up and down Linfield’s roster. “The reality is we have 12 players who all shot scores in the 70s on the final day of the qualifying tournament.”
The Wildcats have a few shifting parts from last year’s squad. Bodhi Parkin, a transfer from Oregon State, joins the ranks, along with promising freshmen Matt McClure and Max McGee.
The three newcomers join returning letterwinners Mason Rodby, Lucas Balala, Issac Grebisz, Logan Davis and Max Hanson. Fellow returners Jackson Hval and James Seeley are also in the mix for playing time.
“I expect any of them to post some great scores,” said Sandberg. “Every one of these guys has great confidence and maturity on the course.”
The Wildcats appear capable of a top-tier finish in the Northwest Conference, providing the veterans produce consistent results and the new players adjust adjust to the nuances of collegiate golf.
“I am very impressed with this team,” Sandberg said. “The level of play is so much better than what I recall from my own college golf days many years ago. This group is going to be fun to watch.”