Holy Trinity golf teams improving, but face tough postseason challenge


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Holy Trinity senior Rahul Parsanna believes he and the Tigers have a lot of potential to improve this season.

CARL KOTALA

With a number of young players on both the Holy Trinity boys and girls golf team rosters, this season is all about potential.

Holy Trinity’s girls, with no seniors on the roster, won five of their first six matches under new head coach Ben Rotgers.

“Against Cocoa Beach and MCC we had all six girls (shoot) in the 40s,” he said. “They’ve been working hard and having fun doing it.”

Junior Ellen Choi is playing No. 1 for the Tigers, followed by freshman Emma Baumgartner, junior Avery Kenney, sophomore Emily Rotgers, junior Nikki Katz and freshman Sydney Smith.

“This year, our team has been really strong,” Choi said. “All of our top six players are stronger. We have a very deep team with plenty of talented players.”

That should give the girls confidence as the season goes on.

Holy Trinity’s boys, meanwhile, feature a lineup that includes four eighth graders, one seventh grader and one freshman along with two sophomores, one junior and one senior.

Rahul Parsanna, the lone senior, plays at the top of the Holy Trinity lineup. He’s followed by sophomore Cody Royston, junior John Deluca, eighth-grader Cash Luck, freshman Mitch McCullar and eighth-grader Rohan Parasanna.

Coach Ron Benfield didn’t think the team was playing up to its potential early in the season, but noted during the past few matches, his team had improved.

His senior agreed.

“I think there’s potential,” Rahul Parsanna said. “Whenever you have young players, there’s always potential that they will improve.”

Of course, the goal for every team is to make it into the postseason.

“We’re hoping to make it through districts and regionals,” Rotgers said.

However, thanks to the way the FHSAA has changed the districts, making them larger and the regionals even tougher, it’s going to be a challenge.

Whereas the Tigers used to be able to get through the districts before playing Orlando-area powerhouses such as Circle Christian, First Academy, Geneva and Lake Mary Prep, those teams are now in their district which is comprised of 12 teams.

The top three teams out of each district will qualify for the regionals, and the top three regional teams will advance to the state tournament along with four at-large teams from around the state which will be determined by rankings.

That will make things a lot tougher for the Tigers if they are going to get beyond their district tournaments this season and move on in postseason competition.

“We had a nice little district here,” Benfield said. “There were about five or six of us. Each one of us had a chance to win, or come in second or third and get to go to regionals. That’s not the case anymore.