With just four inexperienced golfers on the roster, Lakeside’s girls’ squad is focused on skill development and learning what it takes to be successful on the course.
“Every girl is a first-year player,” Lakeside coach Bryan Schlaich said. “I am excited to see our growth from the beginning of the year to the end and see how much progress these girls can make. I’m very excited about the experience they will be able to gather this season and take with them into next year.”
Lakeside will compete this fall as a member of the Chagrin Valley Conference. The Dragons were assigned to the Valley Division where they’ll compete with neighborhood rival Edgewood, Perry, West Geauga and Geneva.
The competition will be fierce but Schlaich is concerned only with each of his players concentrating on one swing and one hole at a time.
“I want my kids to develop their skills and talents this year and learn from the inevitable mistakes they will make as first-year players,” he said.
Junior Jorden Hosken is the most veteran of the Dragons and will serve as the leader for the younger Dragons.
“Jorden is a hard worker who catches on quickly,” Schlaich said. “She is our oldest student-athlete and will be relied upon heavily this year to lead the way and be a positive athlete for our team. In her short time playing, she has developed her concentration and contact while playing.”
Sophomore Hannah Mathias also has shown promise.
“Hannah is a go-getter who is always attempting to get better every practice,” Schlaich said. “Her connection and concentration are improving as well as her knowledge for the game.”