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.