|Hood’s Cougs striving for continued golf success|
|Friday, August 16, 2013 12:18 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
VAN WERT — Van Wert golf coach Jeff Hood had a pretty successful 2012 for the Cougars, going 11-1 in duals.
In his four-year career at the Cougar helm, he has a 39-7 mark.
With four starters back, including a pair of Western Buckeye League honorees, he likes his chances to continue that kind of success as the season of 2013 progresses.
“Our top four need to play as well as they are capable of doing since we have no varsity experience at the back end,” he explained.
In several meets in the early going, those four seem to be doing quite well.
The best of the crew coming back is junior All-WBL performer Brandon Hernandez, who is seeking to improve on last fall’s 40.21-stroke average over nine holes.
The next three all earned All-WBL Honorable-mention status a year ago: senior Lucas Etzler (45.8), senior Justin Price (45.1) and classmate Adam Jurczyk (45.5).
Hood did say good-bye to two solid linksters last spring in Tyler Turnwald and Jacob Brake, so he will be depending on the continuing development of promising new varsity players in junior Alex Miller, sophomore Nick Etter and sophomore Jacob Covey.
As well, freshman Gabe Rollins and classmate Carter Eikenbary could be heard from as the season goes on.
Despite that, Hood is always looking for solid results.
“We are always looking to compete, especially in the WBL. I expect us to be in the top three with Bath as the odds-on favorite at this point and Shawnee will be good as well,” Hood added.
Van Wert continues its current links campaign this morning on the greens of Fox’s Den in Celina for the Celina Invitational.