Viera boys golf team determined to get back to state tournament


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Viera High's Sam Karman averaged a score of 34 over nine holes during the regular season. On Monday, he and his Viera teammates will play in the Class 3A, District 7 tournament at the Royal St. Cloud. The Hawks are determined to advance to the regionals after missing out last year by one stroke.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

One stroke.

That’s all that separated the Viera High boys golf team from advancing out of the district tournament last season.

So, with the 2020 Class 3A, District 7 tournament scheduled for Monday at the Royal St. Cloud, you can bet the Hawks will be motivated to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

“Certainly, the guys that were here last year, I think there’s a little revenge there,” Viera coach Brian Hoffman said. “We want to make sure we get into the regionals and give ourselves the best shot to get into states.

“We certainly have the skill, talent and firepower this year to make it all the way to states.”

Senior Sam Karman, who made it to the state tournament as an individual during his sophomore season, agreed that last year’s disappointment has been on his mind.

He’s eager for another chance, especially after the way the Hawks played during the regular season when they went 7-0.

“I feel like we’ve done pretty well,” Karman said. “We lost four seniors from last year, three that were starting. So, going into the season, we didn’t realize how good a team we would actually be.

“Just seeing all the kids from last year progress a lot and really pick up the pace for the guys that left (has been nice).”

Karman, who averaged what Hoffman said was a Cape Coast Conference-best 34 over nine holes during the regular season, is Viera’s top player.

Junior Chris Hoffman is not only No. 2 on the team, but second in the conference with an average of 37.

Nate Greenwalt, a junior transfer from Colorado, has been playing at No. 3. He’s been followed by a pair of freshmen – Zach McGoffin and Andrew Bell – and senior Jack Brietfeller.

With the stakes going up now that the postseason is here, Karman is hoping to lean on his experience to help get back to the state tournament.

“I feel like it’s definitely good for me that I’ve had so much experience. I’ve played districts and regionals all three years – and Cape Coast (Conference),” he said. “So, going into these tournaments, it just makes me more confident knowing that I’ve been in that situation before.”