Experience will be on the plus side for the Denison-Schleswig girls’ golf team in 2017.
Under the direction of fourth-year head coach Adam Burns, the D-S girls will bring back five players with two more years of experience, including three senior and two junior letterwinners.
Returning veterans for the Monarchs are seniors Regan Krohnke, Hanna Outhouse and Molly Dammen and juniors Rylee Gehlsen and Sydney Krohnke.
"Despite who we return, we still have to fill a void. Our player with the lowest score average from a year ago was a freshman who happened to move away," commented Burns.
"I will be looking forward to seeing whether one or two of the veterans can fill this void, or in a perfect world, we can collectively fill the void as a team," he added.
"We also bring back eight junior varsity players from a year ago," Burns noted. "Hopefully, we can find one of those kids to fill the varsity roster."
Filling out the Monarchs’ roster are seniors Tayten Kline, Megan Attanasio, Macy Waldemar, Josie Schultz and Lexie Schroeder; juniors Kelsey Watje and MacKenzie Jorgensen; sophomores Jamie Jepsen and Brooke Brown; and freshmen Grace Asmus, Emily Powers, Payton Goslar and Julia Nollen.
"I’m very excited about the four incoming freshmen. They will be a good nucleus of golfers in the years to come," stated Burns, whose team will open its season on Tuesday, April 4, against Storm Lake at the Majestic Hills Golf Course at Denison.
"Overall, I think with 18 kids, the competition will not only be evident in meets, but in who fills the six varsity and six junior varsity spots. As a team, we may have a lot of shuffling of who plays at what level on different nights," Burns said.
"Thankfully early in the season we have a lot of junior varsity and varsity meets when all of the kids can compete and I can see which kids perform at the highest level."
"I’m looking forward to the competitive nature that having so much experience can bring," the Monarch boss remarked in reference to the upcoming season.