The Putting Panthers

As everyone knows, Elder sports are known for being a dominant force and a fantastic event to attend in all cases. However, there is one sport that is overlooked most of the time, golf. Elder Golf has seemed to be slipping the minds of all students of Elder in the past, but this year, it’s almost all we hear about. From hole in ones to dramatic victories, the year has been exciting. Putt by putt, the Panthers have battled their way all year with some great wins and some losses coming out with an above .500 record. A 1st team all GCL player, Brennen Walsh, is leading the squad this year with great pride and ambition. Walsh, who played varsity as a freshman, developed leadership throughout the years on the team and as senior captain is leading the team in a positive direction. He finished 2nd in GCL scoring average and even won the GCL tournament. Just recently, he achieved a hole in one at Weatherwax Golf Course on a 207 yard bomb with his four iron. When asked about it he simply said, “I just aimed and shot. When it went in I was ecstatic and it might have been the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.” “It feels great to help the team and try to make us better daily. From being on the team as a freshman, I’ve noticed the golf team has begun to grow in skill and size,” says Walsh. Following him are seniors Bill Macke, Zach Willmes, and Ben Beall. Jake McSwigan, a junior, is on the team this year and so far has put up impressive numbers. The first match of the year he carded a 77 at the St. Xavier’s Invitational. Coming up last is the freshman, Kurt Fortman. Fortman plays on varsity as a freshman just as Walsh did, and is getting great experience competing with upperclassmen on some of the best teams. The putting Panthers already started the sectional tournament and they placed second out of 15. Now, they are racing towards the districts, and even maybe State.