Last season, West Geauga’s young girls’ golf team gained valuable experience and the Wolverines are poised to be more competitive in the Chagrin Valley Conference this fall.
West Geauga returns five starters from last season.
“I am excited to see how the girls have progressed from last year to this year,” West Geauga coach Roger Sines said. “Our team was very inexperienced last year not having any girl on the team with more than two years of experience. We should be more competitive this year and I think that will be good for the team. I believe each girl has higher expectations of the team and themselves this year.”
With a solid core of returning players, Sines has set his goals accordingly.
“My main goal for the 2019 squad is to have each individual girl progress their game and enjoy the sport of golf,” he said. “Some of the girls are still new to golf and just need time to grow. To achieve these goals, we will need to work each day. We need to work on all aspects of golf and perfect the things such as grip, stance, backswing, downswing, and reading greens. The girls always have fun and I have noticed that about most programs in the CVC. I believe these girls will be lifelong golfers.”
Seniors Hannah Federico and Jenelle Sparent are three-year starters for the Wolverines.
“Hannah has a great attitude towards the game. This will be her third season playing varsity golf so not much will surprise her. She has a lot of potential to grow and become a good golfer. Hannah has been on the team the majority of the program’s existence and I am happy that she has carried the torch of being a leader for the program,” Sines said. “Jenelle has shown great ability off the tee and the rest of her shots. Like Hannah, Jenelle is a leader for the team. She is always upbeat and nothing gets to her. She puts forth great effort and it doesn’t go unnoticed.”
Junior Valerie Angie is dangerous around the green and should continue to improve this fall.
“Valerie biggest strength is her putting,” Sines said. “She typically two-putts each hole, which helps lower her score. She is also very accurate 25 yards to the green. She has made many shots around that distance that land close to the pin.”
Sophomores Riley DeMeo and Jane Javorek return this season after impressive rookie performances on the course.
“Riley started golfing last August and has shown great potential. She has a nice swing and her confidence is growing. I believe she can get first-team CVC by her senior year,” Sines said. “Jane started last year in late August so she is just about a year into golf. Jane is another golfer who has a ton of potential to become a good golfer. She is strong off the tee and is getting better at all the other shots that golf requires. If Jane works at her game, she has the potential to become a first or second-team golfer.”