Hawk golfers hope experience and increased numbers lead to success

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Austin Ober chips toward the pin on the second hole of the Woodward Golf and Country Club last season.

WOODWARD — Quiet is often required on the golf course, but the buzz surrounding the golf teams for Woodward-Granger has experienced a marked increase in decibels this season.

David Combs coaches both Hawk teams and has veteran players returning to both sets of tee boxes.

While a recent tally had 24 golfers out — 15 boys and nine girls — there are plenty of differences between the teams.

The Hawk boys will return a roster that, for the most part, is evenly paired. Combs had any number of players ready to go last season and will again this year, as the top dozen or so are separated by only a few strokes.

Senior Jordan Pierce, juniors Brady Aunspach and Austin Ober and sophomore Nick Brummond all had steady spots in the varsity six and look to be on the main squad again.

Senior Hannah Nelson returns for the W-G girls, with junior Paige Mescher and sophomore Aubrey Mescher also returning.

The Hawk girls also have several players out who are learning how to play for the first time, and while that will not help lower scores, having novices on the course is fine with Combs.

“I enjoy teaching the game and am glad these girls want to come and give golf a try,” he said. “Hopefully they will enjoy the game and stick with it and become life-long golfers.

The season opens Monday against Van Meter, who uses Winterset as their home course. Both teams host DC-G Tuesday, with both also at home Thursday, although the opponents are yet to be decided.

The W-G boys will hope plenty of returning experience can lower scores and lift the team this season.
The W-G boys will hope plenty of returning experience can lower scores and lift the team this season.
The Hawk girls golfers will begin the 2016 with their largest roster in several seasons.
The Hawk girls golfers will begin the 2016 with their largest roster in several seasons.

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