Season Preview: Skyline golf tees up high expectations after top 10 finish last year

 

The Skyline boys’ golf team had an impressive season last year under longtime coach Ashley Mantha. The Eagles shot a team score of 653 to finish 10th at the Division 1 State Finals at Forest Akers West.

As a freshman last year, Cameron Cowland fired a two-day score of 150 to tie for eighth place overall. Cowland, who will have a year of experience in the bag as he tees it up this season, is one of five players back this season off last year’s state team.

Sophomore Shaunak Bhagat fired a 167 at the state meet. Senior Chris Bahr, senior Evan Griffith and sophomore Joe Trudeau all played a round at the state finals last season.

So with the scorecard filled with talent and experience the Eagles are thinking big in 2018.

“We have a big team with a lot of returning players,” says Mantha, how in her ninth season with Skyline. “We have two varsity and two JV teams so it should be a competitive and fun season ahead. We have a good mix of returning and experienced players with a lot of team camaraderie.”

The Eagles need to focus on “continual growth and consistency for varsity and JV players,” Mantha added.

Skyline was 11-0 overall and SEC champions before placing second at Regionals last season.

The team opens up April 13 in the Lincoln Splitter Tournament.

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