Gone from the county’s prep golf scene is three-time player of the year Aaron Staley, a North Hagerstown graduate now at McDaniel College.
North Hagerstown senior Drew Miguel is the lone individual on last year’s first team returning in 2013, and he’ll be the top Hub as the team attempts to earn a trip to the Maryland Class 4A/3A state finals.
Others playing this season who received honorable mention last year include Niklas Steiner of St. Maria Goretti, Cody Reeder and Dylan Bickford of South Hagerstown, Kyle Moir of North Hagerstown and Patrick Hart and Max Brady of Saint James.
Washington County state team championships have been virtually nonexistent. Only Smithsburg’s 2005 title is in the state record book.
The Hubs had entertained state title thoughts behind Staley in the three previous years, but it never panned out. This season, there’s a hint of state expectations at North, but Urbana alone is a thorn in 4A/3A.
North and Urbana have already met this season, with Urbana winning by four strokes.
This year marks the debut of Hancock putting out a full team, as well as the most girls playing golf, with at least seven listed on team rosters.
Key tournament dates within the season for public schools are: Maryland 4A/3A districts (Sept. 23); Maryland 2A/1A districts (Sept. 17); Washington County (Sept. 26); and MVAL Antietam Conference (Oct. 18).
The Warriors might be one of the youngest golf teams in the county, with 8 of 13 players only sophomores.
One of them — Tyler Olson — could be a talent coach Max Shaffer will be plugging in as his No. 1 player for some time.
“If he has a bad day, he goes straight to practice, pushes himself,” Shaffer said. “Many other coaches said he had a good summer.”
Also gearing up for a good year is Sydney Alexander, who qualified for states last year and who Shaffer says “is striking the ball well.”
“Everyone is improving and we want to be competitive and get above .500,” Shaffer said.
There are no more Christiansen golfers, so the Lions will be a very young team.
Owen Nield is the lone senior and likely to be the top scorer for the Lions.