The Centre High School golf team is hoping for a third trip to the 1A state meet this year. They finished in fifth place in 2009 after their first trip to state in 2008.
The entire 2009 season was a good one. The team finished first in the Marion Invitational. At Hillsboro, a four-man team finished first and the team finished third overall. They finished second at Council Grove and El Dorado and third at Junction City and Emporia.
Four returning letter-winners — Heath Hill, Jacob Jennings, Adam Matz, and Tyler Klenda — were on the state team the past two years. Two juniors, Matz and Klenda, medaled at state last year, and Hill, a senior, medaled the year before. Jennings also is a senior.
Other members of the team are senior Seth Stroda, juniors Brian Burhoop and Benjamin Wirtz, sophomore Zach Calvert, and freshmen James Wyatt, Kodey Johnson, Dylan Svitak, Anna Weber, and Carrie Carlson.
Greg Wyatt is in his ninth year as golf coach.
“Our four letter winners are great leaders and lead by example, with hard work and determination,” he said. “They show good character, and I see that rubbing off on the remainder of the team. They are excited about playing, and we are excited about performing the best we can to make another run at a state title.”
The first meet is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Herington.