April 13, 2011 | 08:29 AMWalworth — Last year was a good one for the Big Foot boys golf squad.
The guys took second in the Rock Valley South Conference and advanced to sectionals.
While last year was good, this spring is shaping up to be great for Big Foot.
The Chiefs are loaded with their top four guys back, and coach Bob Sullivan, now in his sixth year, is ready for a strong campaign.
"I love to have the experience back," he said. "The guys have been pretty competitive in practice. I expect us to be better as a team. We have a bit more depth than last year and really some solid guys. It will take a bit to see how it transforms."
Big Foot's top four returners are junior Collin Hubertz, senior Paul Littig, junior Jake Dragonetti and sophomore Dylan Freytag. They finished last season in that order. Sullivan also said returning sophomore Eli Thompson has good potential. The team will also receive a boost from two freshmen, Al Schoger and Alex Halma. Sullivan said the newcomers are fun to have on the team and could push the returning guys.
"The returning guys will be looking in the rear view mirror," Sullivan said. "The overall competition will make the team better."
Sullivan said experience and depth will be his team's two biggest strengths.
"There will be a lot of jockeying for positions," he said. "I told the new guys to fight for varsity spots. When we start posting scores, who knows where each guy will end up. We haven't had this much depth in a couple years."
Sullivan said the short game must be a point of emphasis this season.
"The kids just want to get out there and play," he said. "But not everyone wants to practice. We will have to improve our short games in practice."
Beloit Turner edged Big Foot for the Rock Valley South title last year. But Sullivan believes his guys can be conference front-runners this season.
"Winning conference is a very realistic goal," he said. "I expect things to fall into place."
Sullivan is excited about new assistant coach Joe Wehrenberg, who also coaches the Big Foot girls varsity basketball squad.
"He is an excellent golfer and he knows the game well," Sullivan said of Wehrenberg.
Big Foot opened its season at Beloit Turner Monday. The Chiefs travel to Clinton Thursday before the Evansville Invite Friday. Sullivan hopes his guys play mentally sound golf in this first week.
"Golf is an individual game, and guys must bear down," he said. "Last year, a lot of matches were decided by a couple of shots. We hope to get out and avoid mental mistakes and play with consistency. We need to minimize big scores on certain holes and not take big risks. We must play smart."