Geibel golfers ready to meet challenges
The Geibel boys golf team is sure to face some challenges this season. The Gators are coming off a 2-10 season in Section 2-AA and will deal with the loss of graduate Ryan Robson, the team's top scorer from last season.
But the Gators appear to be intent on meeting those challenges as they prepare for the 2013 campaign.
“They are motivated, and they are hard-working,” Geibel coach Judy Morrow said. “I think we will struggle a bit because of our youth factor. But we have good players, and we're pleased to have the opportunity to play at Pleasant Valley Country Club.”
The job of replacing Robson will fall to senior Ibraheem Shaikh, who was in the starting five last year and is eager to see how the primarily young team comes together.
“Right now, we only have two seniors and one junior, so I feel like this is a year the young players will learn a lot,” Shaikh said. “They'll be able to come out and do some things this year and next year.”
While Shaikh is expected to fill the top spot, the second spot likely will go to senior Zach Chester.
“I played for the first time last year, and I know what to expect,” Chester said. “I'm looking forward to hopefully winning some matches.”
Junior Matthew Emerson also will be in the top five along with sophomores Bailey Miller and Ray Paris. All five of Geibel's projected starters were regulars in the lineup last year. Freshman Anthony Lovat is a likely candidate for the sixth position, along will fellow freshmen John-Luke Tlumack, Joel Lazar and Maggie Ewing.
According to Morrow, all signs point to continued development of this group of Gators.
“I'm pleased with progress over the summer,” Morrow said. “The young players have worked hard to fill the spots that have been left open.”
As for the group that was on the team last year and will carry the load this year, Morrow is confident they'll be ready to compete.
“They now know what is expected of them,” Morrow said. “They have a feel for the course.”
Morrow's goals for the team are simple.
“I want them to learn to be good golfers,” Morrow said. “And I want them to have fun at what they are doing.”
Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.