Coach Lynne Osing will be counting on a pair of returning letterwinners to craft her 2021 girls golf team.

“As always, my number one goal is to have the girls enjoy the game of golf and make it a lifelong sport,” said Coach Osing. “In addition, as we have for each milestone we’ve accomplished during this pandemic year, I hope the girls will appreciate the opportunities to play, compete and participate in normal high school activities. They certainly deserve the normalcy of a golf season and we plan to celebrate each day on the course.”

The team includes seven girls, five with experience. The two returning letterwinners include Ella Zaputil and Emma Bradley. Zaputil is the team’s leader on the course and off said Coach Osing. “She is poised, focused and keeps her cool when the game of golf gets the upper hand. She hits the ball well and consistently.”

Sophomore Emma Bradley is a confident underclassman who missed out on her freshman year experience. “She will be competitive and we will be counting on her youth golf experience to help her jump right into the varsity lineup,” said Coach Osing.

Three freshmen bring youth golf experience into the program. They include Lucy Hassinen, Elianna Pedersen and Brianna Wolfer. Stephanie Beary is a junior new to golf as is freshman Jade Henderson.

“This is the first time I’ll have seven golfers on the team, five with golf experience,” said Coach Osing. “This will be an exciting year as a coach because we will start on day one improving our game to be competitive. With five players with some experience and four of those with years of youth experience, we should be competitive at conference meets.”

She continued, “Lucy, Elianna and Brianna bring that experience to the team and they will be needed for our team score if we are to be competitive. Our two new golfers Jade and Stephanie, have positive attitudes and great work ethic on the course. I’m looking forward to seeing how much they improve over the next few weeks before we start the season. 

 “I can’t help but be a bit competitive though,” she said. “With our roster, I also hope to be in the mix at each meet as a team score. If each golfer gives their best effort, I know we will be.”

The team opens its season April 6 at Chariton, then competes April 15 at the Preserve at Honey Creek.