Galion golfers expect success


A good blend of experience, youth bodes well for 2017 squad

By Chad Clinger - cclinger@aimmediamidwest.com



Galion men's golf coach Bryce Lehman chats with Mitch Dyer on the 12th hole at Sycamore Creek Golf Club as the Tigers hosted River Valley and Jonathan Alder. Photo by Don Tudor.


GALION — The Galion Tigers boys golf team will hit the links in 2017 with experience, youth and a familiar leader.

Head coach Bryce Lehman returns for another year at the helm for the boys golf squad. Last season the Tigers experienced their share of success and accomplishments, all while breaking even at 6-6 in match play.

During the 2016 season, Lehman’s boys squad won the Galion Invitational tournament and finished second overall in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference tourney.

Gone to graduation is Brevin Owens, but the Tigers squad returns four letterwinners from last year’s team.

Jack McElligott will be back on the course after earning his second varsity letter a season ago. McElligott was also a district qualifier and a member of the MOAC first-team. Matt Kingseed will return after earning his first letter last season and an honorable mention nod in the MOAC. Mitch Dyer returns as a three-year letter winner and Kaleb Harsh will tee-off this season after earning varsity letter No. 2 a season ago.

Along with the experience that Lehman and his team returns are newcomers Matthew McMullen and Spencer Keller, two talents to keep an eye on as incoming freshman.

“The pieces are in place to contend for a MOAC title again this season,” said Lehman. “We have great numbers again this year with 15 boys out for golf.”

Galion will look to find strength in those numbers when they kick-off their season on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at the Buckeye Central Invitational, set to be held at Cranberry Hills in New Washington.

The Tigers first home contest of the year will take place the following day, Aug. 9, when they host the annual Galion Invitational as returning champions.

Galion’s regular season will conclude on Thursday, September 21 when they head to Apple Valley to participate in the MOAC tournament.

Galion men’s golf coach Bryce Lehman chats with Mitch Dyer on the 12th hole at Sycamore Creek Golf Club as the Tigers hosted River Valley and Jonathan Alder. Photo by Don Tudor.
http://www.galioninquirer.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2017/08/web1_inquirer-090816j-GHS-golf_0016.jpgGalion men’s golf coach Bryce Lehman chats with Mitch Dyer on the 12th hole at Sycamore Creek Golf Club as the Tigers hosted River Valley and Jonathan Alder. Photo by Don Tudor.
A good blend of experience, youth bodes well for 2017 squad

By Chad Clinger

cclinger@aimmediamidwest.com

Follow Chad on Twitter @GalionSportsGuy

Reach Chad at 419-468-1117 x2048

Follow Chad on Twitter @GalionSportsGuy

Reach Chad at 419-468-1117 x2048