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On paper, the Foxes appear to be loaded with talent, but now that the season has already begun, only the best teams will rise to the top.
Losing one senior, Lonnie Southall, to graduation and inheriting a senior heavy team, fortified with two-time, Battlefield District champion and number one seed Hannah Pierce, King George could be the team to beat this season. Provided they play up to their skill level and taking into consideration that the rest of the Battlefield has lost between two to three starting players, the Foxes could arguably control their destiny.
The current top seven golfers who will immediately see action are: Pierce (number one); Bryan Cameron (number two); Conner Dean (number 3); Dylan Manard (number 4); David Campbell (number 5); Richard Portner (number six); Alexander Bryant (number 7). The Foxes will field eight players per match.
Do these players have the right stuff to unseat current District team champion James Monroe, and return the Foxes to the District tournament championship years of 2006 and 2007? Only time will tell. Last season, King George finished second in the District tournament as a team. According to Fox head golf coach Irving Taylor, seeds will be determined on a weekly basis, giving the entire team an opportunity move into the top eight.
The Hooked on Golf program continues to be a successful feeder system for the Foxes. The program allows young golfers an opportunity to learn Taylor’s five-step golf training program, while providing the discipline required to play the game on a high school level. Throughout his 17 years as the Foxes head coach, Taylor has never had a losing season.
Results of the Stafford Invitational that took place on Tuesday were not available due to press deadlines. The invitation would serve as a litmus test for King George, by providing a course that will challenge each player’s skills against a field of 30 schools. “This year we have scheduled our team to play on courses that are difficult to play on, long before they have to play our division rivals in a match,” Taylor said.
The Foxes will begin the season on the road, and complete the season playing the District tournament and Regional tournament in Caroline, at the Mattaponi Golf Course. Last season, the Foxes hosted the District championship at Cameron Hills Golf Course in King George. While Cameron Hills presents a challenge of hitting the ball between a landscape filled with treelines, Mattaponi is equally tough, especially when you consider the vast range of open space.
With East View and Culpeper officially entering the Battlefield, competition from all levels will be interesting this season.
2009 King George High School varsity golf roster: Seniors - Zach Mohle, Bryan Cameron, Dylan Manard, Conner Dean, Richard Portner, Conner Butler, Hannah Pierce, Christopher Davis; Juniors – Jacob Clemons, Erin Gover, Ellen Brabo, Bryan Yanchulis, Donavan Thorsen, Jared McKinnon, David Campbell; Sophomores – David Wagner, Alexander Rollins, Jacob Cullin, Alexander Bryant, Bradley Hudson, Bradley Sisson; Thomas Berry, Stacy Neal, Amy Southhall; Marshall Segars, Kent Perkins, John Heilman, Bailey Pierce; head coach Irving Taylor; assistant coach Thomas Stimaker.
Leonard M. Banks