After reminiscing on last year’s season for the Louisa Lions golf team, one that was filled with not-quite-good-enough finishes by the club, co-head coach Nick Schreck could only think of one word to describe the feeling that has brewed in the minds of his four rising seniors.
After placing third in the district last year, Louisa also narrowly fell to Charlottesville in the district tournament, losing by just three strokes. Now, Schreck and co-head coach D.P. Seay are looking for returning players – specifically seniors Joe Azurin and Nick Morris – to obtain the team’s objective of making the regional tournament.
“Our top two seniors [Azurin and Morris], both of those guys have All-District experience and regional experience,” Schreck said. “By them just missing out last year, it’s really made them hungry this year. They’ve been our two key players thus far putting up scores. We’ll definitely be looking at those two to be our leaders and to post the scores that we need.”
This year’s squad will have to replace the loss of Aaron Guill and Brady Noland, who graduated this year, both of whom were mainstays at the top of the team’s depth chart. Noland qualified individually for the regional tournament, one of five Louisa players to reach that level in the past three years, and was also named first team All-District.
Still, Schreck and Seay will have plenty of players ready to fill the holes left behind. Azurin and Morris were key contributors last season. Schreck said that fellow seniors Joey Vipperman and Josh Holley have made significant strides in their game. Along with the four seniors on this year’s team, nine other players will be included on the roster, creating a much larger group than last year’s team of eight.
“We’ve got four seniors this year who have really taken the leadership role, which has been key for us because we have a lot of young kids who came out this year,” Schreck said. “That’s good for the program, and at the same time, we have a good balance of seniors and younger kids looking to build the program as we move forward.
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