Rebuilding season for Indians

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Tecumseh boys golf teams — Row one (l-r), Gino Cianciolo, Max Benedict, Drew Kapnick, Alex Gillen, Josh Campbell and Tyler Roth. Row two, coach Kevin Osworth, Ian Quick, Devin Moore, Josh Arbini, Alex Brehmer, Chris Kuenzer, Cameron Clarke and Kody McCrate. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

It will be a building season for Tecumseh’s varsity boys golf team after losing key players to graduation last season.

Tecumseh coach Kevin Osworth said it is virtually impossible to fill the golf shoes of Bobby Thomas, the team’s leader the last few seasons. Tecumseh opened its season in a seven-team tournament and the coach said no one put up numbers like Thomas would have.

“We are basically starting from scratch,” said Osworth.

Alex Gillen was a sixth man for the team last season as a freshman and he returns looking for one of the five starting positions.

Also returning to the team is senior Alex Brehmer and sophomore Ian Quick.

Below the one senior are four juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen, who will make up both the varsity and junior varsity teams.

“We have had a lot of talent join the team so it’s shaken things up,” said Osworth. “It’s going to be a qualifying thing from week to week.”

The coach said one of the golfers to keep an eye on is Cameron Clarke who placed seventh out of a field of 32 in the Indians’ opening season tournament. Full results were not available by the Herald’s press time.

“I look to him [Clarke] to be a solid number one for quite a while this season,” said Osworth.

The other four starters are up in the air as of right now.

“Numbers two, three, four and five are wildcards,’ said Osworth.

Preparations for the future will include working with the golfers on their short game. The Indians’ home course, the Hantz Golf Club, has very fast greens and once the players are able to conquer them many other courses should be a breeze.

“We’ll focus on skills and get it down to the nuts and bolts of the swing,” said Osworth. “We’ll also work short game and putting. A lot of strokes accumulated in the tournament on the putting greens. Most of those athletes are not familiar with country club type greens. They’re very quick.”

Tecumseh started its season out on the fairways and greens of Raisin Valley, as the Hantz Club’s course was not open at the start of the early spring season.

“We utilized their course for the first two weeks of our practices,” said Osworth, “And we are very grateful for that. Had that not been the case, we would have been further behind the ball as far as developing our game.”

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