Though the Elk Lake golf team came away winless last season, the 2014 campaign brings forth a clean slate and plenty of room for improvement this year.
Elk Lake head coach Ryan Kipar, entering his 10th year as coach, is hopeful that the experience gained by his returning players will help the Warriors in continuing to progress toward a successful season.
“I think we definitely got better as the season went on last year,” Kipar said. “What we really tried to do was work on some short game stuff and hopefully we can continue on this process.”
Elk Lake will look for leadership from junior Cole Tyler, who opened up last year’s season with a runner-up finish at the Irving Jackman tournament, as well as seniors Curtis Spila and Ben Townsend.
Kipar said some of the early focuses in practice have been limiting shots in the short game as well as in the swings of his players.
“Our main focus will be on strokes around the green before we move any farther,” Kipar said. “Some of the players are entering their second or third years so they know what we’re going to be working on and some of the goals that we want to set. One of our biggest goals is to win a couple of matches and cut back on the little mistakes that added up a lot of strokes.”
He also said that the team will strive to work its game plan based off what the opponent is doing, something that was missing from last season.
“The thing we really want to work on is the strategy involved based on what our opponent does and making a plan. I think doing that will really help us a lot,” Kipar said.
Joining Spila, Townsend and Tyler are junior Alex Hewitt, sophomore Thomas Proske and freshman Jack Waldenburger.
Aug. 18, at Dunmore, 9 a.m.
Aug. 20, Riverside, 4 p.m.
Aug. 22, at Carbondale, 4 p.m.
Aug. 25, Old Forge, 4 p.m.
Aug. 27, at Montrose, 4 p.m.
Sept. 2, Holy Cross, 4 p.m.
Sept. 4, at Trail, 4 p.m.
Sept. 8, at Forest City, 4 p.m.
Sept. 10, Blue Ridge, 4 p.m.
Sept. 15, at Mt. View, 4 p.m.
Sept. 18, Lakeland, 6 p.m.
Sept. 22, Mt. View, 4 p.m.