by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARKâ€”While Kaneland High School golfers are sure to be missing a senior presence from last year, the younger golfers moving up bring experience.
Coach Mark Meyer, now in his fourth season, is eager to see what the Knights crew is capable of.
â€œWe are pretty young for sure; golfers that didnâ€™t get a lot of varsity time are going to be stepping up, but it does make a difference,â€ Meyer said.
The golfers returning include J.C. Gillette, Tyler Hochsprung, Hayden Senese, Jon Hedrick and Josh Schuberg.
Also returning is fixture Hayley Guyton, who comes back as a junior after competing in tournaments in the summer and a top-50 finish at the IHSA Girls Golf State meet.
â€œShe makes steady progress each year. There has never really been a dramatic drop in her scores, because she started out so low anyway,â€ Meyer said.
After tryouts, the Knight golfers are still situating their top six, which will include senior captain Gillette and junior captain Guyton, but Meyer said that big things are capable from sophomores like Troy Krueger, Adam Grams and Zach Douglas.
This campaign will also mark the final Western Sun Conference venture for the golfers before moving on to the Northern Illinois Big 12 in the fall of 2010.
â€œIâ€™m excited about the new conference and new teams. Theyâ€™re teams we havenâ€™t played before. Itâ€™s tough to leave teams behind, because you build relationships with the other coaches, and the players get to have friendships with other players on other teams,â€ Meyer said.
Kaneland golf kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Geneva Invite, while going into conference play on Tuesday, Sept. 1, vs. Sycamore.