With just one team member possessing much varsity experience, Boone Central’s boys golf team could start slowly in 2023. Cardinal Coach Eric Albers does feel like his squad has the potential to improve and be competitive as the spring progresses, however.
Junior Thane Hardwick, a two-year varsity starter, is the only player back from last season’s varsity lineup. He is joined by a mix of 10 junior varsity players and newcomers. Albers, entering is fourth season as Boone’s boys golf coach, will build his 2023 team around Hardwick, who he expects to have a strong season.
“We lost four starters from last year’s team, so we’re inexperienced in varsity golf. The one returning starter, Thane Hardwick, has played a lot of golf and I expect him to really compete at the top of each invite,” Albers said. “There are several guys who should step up after getting junior varsity experience. They include Peyton Westerman, Kyler Buck, Jackson Nelson and David Miller.
“I’m excited to see how some of the first year players will fare. Each week, it will be up for grabs who will be going to varsity invites, so these guys will really be competing each and every day in practice. I feel like, by the end of the season, these guys will be competing at the top of the team standings – it will just take some time.”
Participating for Boone Central this season are seniors Jackson Nelson, Sam Grape, David Miller and Peyton Westerman, junior Thane Hardwick, sophomores Kyler Buck, Hadley Gulbrandson and Preston Trollope, and freshmen Rily Nelson, Jace Rasmussen and Riley Lordemann.
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