Northwest girls golf coach Scott Galusha has some definite goals for his team this season.
The biggest is to qualify for the state tournament as a team.
“I certainly think we have the capability of being a state tournament team, and this is the first time since I’ve done this that I truly feel that’s an attainable goal and I might be a little disappointed if we don’t get there,” Galusha said. “Our girls we’re counting on have been in the program for two and three years, so now is the time.
“We feel the state tournament is a very attainable goal for us.”
The Vikings’ depth is the reason Galusha is so optimistic. From the No. 1 golfer to the No. 5, any of them are capable of leading the team on a given day.
“We are really solid and deep all the way through,” Galusha said. “The three, four and five girls are very consistent, so we feel like our depth is a big strength for us and we’re going to be able to compete at most of the tournaments we’re in.”
The Vikings’ lineup starts with Megan Canfield, a junior who will be their No. 1 golfer when they compete at the Seward Invitational on Friday, an event that will feature a couple of the best teams in the state.
Junior Mallorie Fila will be No. 2. Ashley Gowlovech, a senior who transferred in from Aurora a couple of years ago, will be No. 3.
Sophomore Emily Jeffers, who has shown Galusha a great mental approach and leadership abilities, is No. 4 and Angelicia De Paolis, a senior exchange student from Italy, is No. 5.
Galusha said that depth will make the Vikings a better team.
“We go six or seven deep at the varsity level, so for the first time since I’ve been here I feel like we have constant competition,” Galusha said. “Instead of trying to find someone to play No. 1, we have more than one girl who wants to play that spot, so it’s really fun. Our girls have taken to our practice routine. I think they can see themselves getting better all the time.”
Other golfers battling for time on the varsity include seniors Abbie Anderson and Jordan Miller, junior Kylie Luth, who just started golfing two months ago, sophomore Nicole Phinney and sophomore Hannah Klanecky.
Others prospects include Kaylee Gibson, Hayley Meyer and Alyssa Meyer.
“This core group of girls have been together for two or three years now, so they pretty much know what is expected,” Galusha said. “Our practice routines are now getting to be second nature. We don’t have to teach anybody to walk any more. We can worry about the fun stuff.”