Less-experienced players key for Resorters’ season

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

OLLIE SADIQ, shown in golf action last year, is one of three players returning from Elkhart Lake’s Division 3 regional championship team. — Review file photo OLLIE SADIQ, shown in golf action last year, is one of three players returning from Elkhart Lake’s Division 3 regional championship team. — Review file photo ELKHART LAKE – Getting key contributions from the less-experienced players will be crucial to the hopes of the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah boys golf team this season.

“I think we are rebuilding a little bit. We have two proven golfers in Ollie Sadiq and Antonio Bett but that is basically it as far as kids that have competed at the varsity level,” said Resorter head coach Bart Larson.

“I think the Nos. 3-6 golfers will struggle at times but hopefully they continually get better.”

Sadiq, a senior, and Bett, a junior played on last year’s Division 3 regional title team along with senior Taylor Kaboord who may not compete this season due to surgery. Sadiq was an All-Central Lakeshore Conference second-team golfer. This trio represents Elkhart’s group of returning letter winners.

The Resorters shared the CLC Tournament crown with Kohler, and finished second to Kohler in the CLC overall race for the second straight season. Elkhart took fourth in sectional play and was 5-2-2 overall in dual meets.

Larson pointed out the keys to having a successful season: “Our inexperienced kids improving as well as Ollie and Antonio really shooting to their respected potentials.”

Larson said the team’s strengths are having everyone with good character, and the varsity experience of Sadiq and Bett. He said the weaknesses are having graduated a lot of talent, Kaboord possibly not being available, inexperience and having only nine team members.

Elkhart lost two top players to graduation in Kyle Rentmeester and Tom Pritzl. Rentmeester was the CLC Tourney and regional runnerup. Rentmeester and Pritzl were on the All-CLC first and second teams, respectively.

Derek Weiss, Elliot Van Oss, Jake Shovan and Emerson Kuhn are the leading contenders among the varsity newcomers to contribute.

The coach’s top goals are for his players to stay patient and keep improving each day.

Larson predicts a very competitive conference.

“Kohler is the team to beat as they are CLC champs and a state qualifier [in D-3] from last year but I think a lot of teams will be competitive this year. There are a lot of quality coaches and quality players,” he said.

April 17 – Sheb. Falls Invite, @ The Bull
April 16 – @ Random Lake
April 19 – Ozaukee, here
April 23 – @ Sheboygan Lutheran
April 24 – St. Mary’s Springs Invite, @ FDL
April 29 – Sheboygan Christian, here
May 1 – @ Lawsonia Invite
May 2 – Cedar Grove, here
May 3 – Wiese Invitational, here
May 7 – Kohler, here
May 10 – @ Howards Grove
May 11 – County Meet, @ The Bull
May 13 – @ Oostburg
May 16 – CLC Tourney, @ Kohler
May 21 – Regional, @ Hickory Hills

Seniors – *Taylor Kaboord, *Ollie
Sadiq and Derek Weiss.
Juniors – Jake Shovan, *Antonio
Bett, Emerson Kuhn and Jason Meyers. Sophomores – Elliot Van Oss.
Freshmen – Ellie Salzwedel.
* = Returning letter  winners.

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