The roster numbers are up this season for the Menomonie boys’ golf team.
Last year’s lean roster of just seven golfers has increased this year by 195 percent for a roster of 20 golfers — 12 of whom are promising, young underclassmen.
Head coach David Allenstein looks ahead to an exciting season of friendly competition among the varsity players.
“That should be the case this year with the number of players being higher,” Allenstein said.
He went on to mention that while not all the upperclassmen will play at the varsity level, many of them are already showing the talent and ability to grow into quality golfers.
However, Allenstein eyes Grant Imsande as a potential freshman rookie who could make a run in the BRC tournament and beyond. Allenstein noted it will depend on how Imsande handles the pressure of competing at the varsity level at such a young age.
But Imsande will have senior Nolan Smith to look up to, having been the Mustang’s top golfer last season and who also shot well as a sophomore. Last season as a junior, Smith tied for eighth at the BRC tournament with a score of 81 and wrapped up 23rd at the WIAA Division 1 Regionals with a score of 88.
“He has worked hard over the off-season to become a more consistent player all around,” Allenstein said of Smith.
Allenstein noted he can see Imsande providing Smith with some solid competition this year, especially as the season progresses.
Projected at the top of the team along with Smith and Imsande is senior Rob Bundy, who ended his junior season 17th overall in the BRC with a score of 95. John Gauger also returns to compete in what will be his final high school season.
New talent added to the roster this year who may very well be the future of the Menomonie boys golf program are sophomores Caleb Hueman, Gavin Huber, Kaden Kado, Andrew Zukowski and freshmen Zach Foslid and Jacob Larson. Upperclassmen rookies aiming to make an impact on the team this year are seniors Isaac White, John Brogan and junior Nathan Liestman.
Allenstein’s goal this year is to better the team’s average by 10 or less strokes for each nine hole meet. He added that his strategy to attain that goal is to focus mainly on the short game.
The Mustangs landed eighth out of eight teams in the BRC last year and while Allenstein is confident they will improve this year, he expects they will remain in the bottom half of a conference brimming with skill and talent.
“We will be more competitive than last year,” he remarked. “I don’t know who will be on top this year, but I’m anticipating it being very competitive as usual.”
The first BRC meet is scheduled for Thursday, April 19 at Lake Wissota Golf Course in Chippewa Falls. But first, the Mustangs tee off on the road next Friday at Pheasant Hills Golf Course School in Hammond, followed up Saturday with an invitational at Bristol Ridge Golf Course in Somerset.
Seniors: John Brogan, Rob Bundy, John Gauger, Jacob Haviland, Nolan Smith and Isaac White
Juniors: Nathan Liestman and Ryan Stoxen-Roelke
Sophomores: Gavin Huber, Caleb Hueman, Kaden Kado, Austin Stokes and Andrew Zukowski
Freshmen: Tanner DeMarce, Zachary Foslid, Grant Imsande, Jacob Larson, Avery Lund, Thomas Mommsen and Jaxson Platter