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BEA Boy’s Golf: Load of freshmen turn the page to sophomore year for 2018 season

WINGATE — In just its third year of the golf program, Bald Eagle Area coach Zach Rote is looking for his squad to take the next step in building the foundation.

Despite going 0-28 in the Mountain League, the Eagles are looking to capture that elusive first win that can help get the Eagles off in the right direction in 2018.

Rote will be assisted by Mike Thompson and Ryan Dyke this season.

Lost to graduation is Logan Fetzer.

The Eagles bring a solid core of returners back for the 2018 campaign.

They are: Drew Bucha, Keith Green, Luke Barnhart and Sutton Thompson.

Rote also sees some underclassmen that will be looking to fight for a position on the team.

“I will have a freshman and a couple of sophomores and a junior that will be battling for a spot,” Rote said. “Cole Parsons, Keith Franic, Weston Eppley, Wyatt McClain. Those are the ones that will be looking to battle for position.”

Rote sees his returning golfers as one of the team’s biggest strengths.

“Coming in, I would probably say we have experience coming back. Last year I had a lot of first year guys, so we have more experience which is going to help us play better and not be so nervous coming into matches and everything else,” Rote said. “These are pretty much my four guys’s second year. Experience is one and learning a little more touch around the green and that just comes with time and doing it more often.”

Ball striking and putting are the two main skills that Rote is working with his kids to improve on before the season.

“We really have been working on ball striking and of course putting. You can never work too much on putting,” Rote said. “We putt 15-20 minutes every practice. It’s kind of like our focal point because you can lose too many strokes putting.”

Goals are simple ones this season for the young team.

“We are looking to compete in the Mountain League. Try to win a couple of matches. Honestly, I think we have the guys to do it this year,” Rote said. “I’m hoping for the best for sure.”

Rote sees all the Mountain League teams as being very competitive this year.

“Well, when we have our matches, all Mountain League teams are there. We play everybody for four weeks at different golf courses,” Rote said. “Honestly, everyone is pretty competitive in the Mountain League. There is not really one team that stands out as like a top team. They are all pretty good.”

Team: Bald Eagle Area Boy’s Golf

Coach: Zach Rote

Assistants: Mike Thompson, Ryan Dyke

League: Mountain League

2017 Record: 0-28

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