Indian Lake High School golf coach Todd Dietz has set but one goal for his Laker linksters for this season.
“Work hard at improving every day we are together and giving me their best effort, nothing more,” Dietz said is all he asks of his golfers.
This season will mark the 10th year that Dietz has been at the helm of the Indian Lake golf team. He noted that golf coaches suffer a disadvantage compared to coaches in other high school sports.
“In any other sport, you get about a month of practice time before you start,” Dietz said. “In golf, we have about three days. There is just not much practice time in golf. The kids have to come in ready to play the first day we meet.” His point is well taken as the Lakers will have played in 10 matches before the football team tees it up for the first time Aug. 28.
Dietz said that Brad Hoover has been the top player for the Lakers recently, but noted that the ability level of all his golfers is similar, “so on any night we could have a different guy come in with the low score.” Tim Arvin is the team’s lone senior. Hoover and Izaiah Bias are both juniors, George Lones and Sam Roach represent the sophomore class and freshman Caleb Taylor rounds out the roster.
While golf is an individual sport, Dietz has his entire team working on getting better in one specific area.
“Our entire focus for this year is to improve on our game from 100 yards and in,” Dietz said. “The guys have been working hard for the two weeks we have been together and have already grown, but we will continue to work on it.”
Dietz predicted that the CBC Mad River Division “will be very competitive this year. There is not one team who will run away with the conference. Ben Logan, Greenon, and Northwestern should all be towards the top, and Graham is improved and could compete as well.”
The Lakers call Cherokee Hills Golf Course their home and will next host a match there against Greenon on Sept. 2, with a tee time scheduled for 4 p.m.
Tom Stephens is a regular contributor to this newspaper.