Drew Kastenschmidt hits the ball out of a sand trap during Monday’s Winneconne mini-tour stop.
Drew Kastenschmidt hits the ball out of a sand trap during Monday’s Winneconne mini-tour stop.

   Sam Yeomans qualified for sectionals as just a freshman last year.

   The Ripon High School sophomore golfer hopes to have more company from teammates this year.

   The Tigers, while similar in numbers as past seasons, enter 2019 with more optimism due to a young nucleus of golfers and a solid core of seniors who have made strides.

   “It’s interesting because I think we’ll be a little deeper than we have been the last couple years, yet we’re only a player or two more than we had,” Ripon head coach Rick Kelm said. “I think we have a little better background in golf.”

   All golfers will have to get used to new rules implemented this year, which are mostly in place to speed up the game. Among them are ball placements during the penalty process and not needing to remove the flagstick prior to shots on the green.

   “I would say the rule changes for everybody this year are going to take a little bit of getting used to, but also we play in a really tough conference when you’re talking about three teams at state last year and a lot of those kids back,” Kelm said. “And that’s good for us, but it will also make it a little tougher for us to compete at the top end. So all we’re going to really do is try to play it from an individual standpoint, trying to improve as we go and we’ll just let the team part kind of fall in place.”

Read the full story, which includes information on some of the newcomers as well as those returning, in the April 11, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.