|Thompson keeps going at helm of Elida golf|
|Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:08 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
ELIDA — Denny Thompson figured that 2012 would be his final year as the Elida boys golf coach, completing a 29-year career with last fall’s 8-6 mark and third-place finish in the Western Buckeye League.
As long-time college football coach and ESPN analyst Lee Corso might interject, not so fast!
Thompson is back for his 30th season with three starters returning from that crew of Division I Bulldogs.
Third-year senior Trent Cutlip and third-year senior Nate Cellar boast the best averages: 43 strikes per nine holes; along with third-year junior Jimmie Ebling’s 44.
“We have those three solid, experienced players to build around this fall, so that’s a strength of this team,” he explained.
However, after losing four veterans from 2012 who graduated in the spring, including 4-year varsity players like Ian Haidle, Mike Lawler and Aric Thompson, as well as Bryan Romey, along with a couple of others who chose to sit out 2013, the links mentor figures finding depth will be an area of concern as the season progresses.
He has a trio of varsity newcomers he is particularly figuring will go a long ways to address that issue: senior Max Stambaugh, junior Conner French and freshman Drew Sarno.
As well, a quartet of other newcomers: Carson Hurst, Kaven Hurst, Ben Phipps and Brett Shook; will also be vying for spots.
“If we establish that fourth and fifth score, we can be in the upper tier of the Western Buckeye League,” Thompson added.
The Bulldogs continue the second week of their schedule at the Celina Invitational Friday morning at Fox’s Den.