Golf Preview: River Rats hope that rebuild is complete heading to the first tee in 2018


The key word last season at Huron for the women’s golf team was rebuilding.

And the main question this year for the River Rats is this: Have they been rebuilt?

The not-so-good news from the 2017 golf season was that Huron finished 2-11, but there was some good news – both last year and now as the River Rats enter the 2018 campaign.

No. 1 Karli Messer was First Team All-SEC as a sophomore last year, and she is returning for her junior season in 2018. She is certainly a dynamic building block.

Coach Patrick Kelly, entering his eighth season at the Huron helm, points to another strength. You might think that some of the players would have become discouraged after a 2-11 finish, but that’s not the case at Huron.

“A real team strength is that we return everyone from last year so we have another year of experience under our belt,” Kelly said.

The fact that everyone from 2017 returns points not only to the golfers’ resilience, but to Kelly’s ability to coach. Both are good building blocks.

The newcomers who might have a say in the River Rats’ fortunes “have yet to be determined,” according to Kelly since it’s so early in the preseason, but each day of practice brings the young golfers closer to being ready to contribute.

Kelly is honest when asked what are some areas in which his team needs to improve.

“Well, we can improve in all areas seeing as though we were 2-11, he said. “But we need to improve in our short-game play to have success.”

So, the question remains: Have the River Rats done enough rebuilding to improve on last year’s season. Only time will tell, and that time begins on the road at Pinckney August 23 against Pinckney and Lincoln.




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