Conference title defense goal for Bay golfers
By Rebecca Thelen
Lake Geneva Regional News
The weather is finally warming up, the snow is melting and the Williams Bay golf team can hit the links.
Coach Jim Moon has a strong core of golfers coming back this season and hopes to repeat as Trailways Conference Southern Division champions.
Williams Bay earned the school's first conference golf title in 2002 with a perfect 6-0 dual meet record.
"I really feel the way the Southern Division is again this year, we could give it another run," Moon said. "I think we have a good chance of being on top again."
Leading the pack of returning letterwinners is senior Mike Bohn.
Unfortunately, Bohn will only be able to compete for a limited amount of matches because of an upcoming surgery.
"We will be losing team leadership when we lose Mike – that senior leadership," Moon said. "We are going to need someone to step up."
Returning with Bohn are juniors Christian Lange and Chris Meisner and sophomore Derek Gates.
Competing for the fifth varsity spot are seniors David Dean and Nels Goes; sophomores Ryan Brower, Ryan Dreger and Kyle Schryver; and freshman Mike Gerson.
Also hoping to contribute this season are senior Chris Evans; juniors Spencer Baars, Jeremy Flynn, Kris Koutnik and Jacob Vanderstappen; sophomores Jeff Fox, Maria Martin, Steve Reno, Mack Resh, Charles Taylor, Amanda Travis and Jeremy Valadez; and freshmen Matt Evans, Chris Kennedy, Nick Nowakowski, Elliot Taylor and Andrew Thompson
"We are going to be very raw the first part of the season," Moon said. "But it should be interesting in the middle."
Randolph looks to be the main competitor with Williams Bay in the Southern Division. The Rockets have four out of five starters back this season and are a grudge match for the Bulldogs.
Randolph has beaten Williams Bay in both football and basketball this year and left a bitter taste in the Bulldogs' mouth, Moon said.
Also in the South Division are Johnson Creek and Abundant Life.
In the North Division, Pardeeville is the top seed. Montello, Princeton and Green Lake are also in the North and are very tough teams, Moon said.
Predictions aside, Moon said he's been happy with the early-season progress of his team.
"I have real good kids," Moon said. "I have kids that want to work hard and are at practice every day."
Moon is assisted this season by Jeff Bailey and Glenn Boss.