The numbers are low this season for Coach Adam Poole and his Manchester Greyhounds but on the positive side there are actually more boys playing this year than last.
Last year’s Greyhound golf squad was a one-man show, with the graduated Tyler Brummett juggling golf and football responsibilities. Because of his football commitments, Brummett was only able to compete in the Adams County Cup and the SHAC Tournament, getting second in Cup tourney. This year Coach Poole has four boys on a young team, Jase Thatcher, Jase Howard, Jalen James, and Justin Aldridge.
“We have one freshman and three sophomores,” said Poole. “All four of them are just learning the game and to this point, no one has really stepped up as a leader.”
“We just need to continue to improve,” added Poole. “We have to dedicate our time in practice and commit to getting better. That will help us overcome the lack of experience and leadership.”
“Honestly with the age of my team and lack of experience, it will be tough for us to compete in league this year. On the up side, we will at least be able to field enough boys to get a team score. We haven’t had that the last two years.”
For Poole, it is not hard to keep track of his girls team since there is only one out on the course, junior Bethany Sweeney. Sweeney is coming off a fine 2013 campaign, where she placed in the top five at the girls County Cup and missed out on going to the district tournament by just three strokes.
“”Bethany has improved each year and I hope to see the same out of her this season,” says Coach Poole. “It would be great for her to get over that hump and get to the districts this year.”