With a pair of seniors and various other letter winners returning, the Delta golf team has aspirations of a top-four finish in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League this season.
“Overall, we will be a fairly young team but will be competitive with most teams that we will golf against,” said head coach Jon Mignin. “I am excited to see how much the kids improve over the entire season. Once again, the Panthers have a great core group of golfers that have a lot of potential, are hardworking, athletic, and are very competitive.”
Back for the Panthers in 2018 are seniors Cole Mattin and Brady Wymer, along with sophomores Cael Chiesa, Chase Stickley, Jayce Helminiak and Zack Mattin. Promising newcomers are Will McQueen and Jordan Whitehead.
“Cole Mattin and Brady Wymer will be my co-number one golfers,” explained Mignin. “Both are very competitive and will battle for the number one spot. I am very excited to see both of them golf. Both gentlemen have earned a letter each year they have golfed since they were freshmen. Also each year, they continue to drop strokes off their golf scores. They are now mature young men that will lead the Panthers this season. I have big expectations for these two seniors. I am hoping both golfers will shoot in the low 40s on a consistent basis.
“Cael Chiesa, Chase Stickley, Jayce Helminiak, Zack Mattin along with senior Will McQueen and freshman Jordan Whitehead, will be competing for the number three to six spots,” the coach added. “All of these golfers have great potential. They just need to gain experience, confidence, and knowledge of the game of golf. They are very dedicated. Many of them stay several hours after practice is over to work on their golf game. These gentlemen also are great athletes playing several other sports.”
Mignin will look to his seniors to guide the team this season.
“The biggest strength this season will be the senior leadership of Brady Wymer and Cole Mattin,” he said. “Both will prove through hard work and perseverance their will to win. We also will bring back four sophomores who lettered last season. Hopefully their golf game has improved over the summer.”
However, the Panthers did lose their best golfer from last year’s squad.
“Jay Vann who was our number one golfer last season, who will be golfing at Lourdes University, will be sorely missed,” said Mignin speaking on his team’s weaknesses going into the season. “We have four sophomore golfers that have very little experience golfing, but they are great athletes. Several of the gentlemen play basketball, wrestle, and play baseball.”
Delta opens the season Tuesday at Heatherdowns Country Club for the Panther Invitational beginning at 8 a.m.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010