The Vermillion Tanagers boys golf team took first place in the Big 8 Championship last year, but they are going to have a tougher road ahead of them after losing three key seniors from last year in hopes that they can make a good showing at the state level.
"We lost three valuable seniors from last year Cole Andre, Erik Ustad and Aaron Steele," Vermillion Boys Golf head coach Kirk Hogen said. "Those are three main golfers that we have had for quite some time."
"They were three letterwinners that were the mainstay of our group last year," he added.
The Tanagers are looking to fill in the gaps with golfers that have had experience at the varsity level and are relying on them lead the team this year.
"Zach McDonald, who is our one senior, Mitch Nelson, who is a junior and Carter Andre, who is an eighth grader, those are the three that we are counting on as much as anything this year," Hogen said.
Hogen is looking for a couple kids on the team to battle for the fourth and fifth positions.
"Everyone is in competition, everyone has to prove themselves," Hogen said. "Mitch Ellison, who is a junior will be competing for a fourth or fifth spot, Peter Haut, who is a sophomore will be fighting for one of those spots and Jay Munger, who is a freshman will also look to be competing for one of those roles."
The Tanagers first meet will be the West Central Invite on August 16 and Hogen said that he plans to go into every match and perform the best they can.
"I don't every feel like we are starting over as a golf team, because we have some good talent on the team, it is always going to hard to fill the shoes of three good seniors from last year," Hogen said. "We have some good kids on the team this year and it is going to come down to on how those kids develop into better golfers and how they handle the pressure on being the top guys."
"We are going to take this season a match at a time and hopefully each match we learn a little something and keep improving," he added. "Hopefully at the end of the season we can present a team is favorable and can compete with everyone else in the state."