Holy Trinity boys hope young players continue to show improvement
Holy Trinity's Rahul Parsanna is the lone senior on this yea's boys golf team. After a slow start to the season, he and the Tigers have been showing improvement that the Tigers hope will carry on throughout the season.
VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala
Ron Benfield’s hopes for this year’s Holy Trinity boys golf team are pretty simple.
“By the end of our season, I think a few of our guys are really going to improve and shoot some really good scores,” the Tigers coach said.
“We’re on the verge of really coming along. Hopefully, I can say by the end of the year, that we’ve improved quite a bit. That’s what I’m really hoping for.”
The team’s first five matches were already bearing that out as Benfield noted he was already starting to see stronger play from his team, including No. 1 player Rahul Parsanna.
“I just think over time, as the season goes on, you just naturally get better,” said Parsanna, the team’s only senior.
“I’ve been practicing more and my feel (for the game) will get better over time.”
Playing behind Rahul Parsanna is sophomore Cody Royston. Junior John Deluca is No. 3, followed by eighth grader Cash Luck, freshman Mitch McCullar and eighth grader Rohan Parsanna.
Other key members of the roster include Logan Araj, Luke Kenney, Matt Breisch and Rohan Misha.
One of the biggest challenges facing the Tigers this season will be the fact that, under a new district alignment set up by the FHSAA, their chances of getting to the regional tournament as a team will be slim.
Holy Trinity will now have to face teams like First Academy, Circle Christian, Lake Mary Prep, Lake Howell and Geneva. Those teams aren’t just used to playing in the regionals, they’re used to contending for championships.
“They made our district so strong … we’re going against teams from Orlando that usually get to go to state,” Benfield said. “Every coach here will tell you, we had a nice, little district. There were about five or six of us in our district.
“Each one of us had a chance to win, or finish second or third and go to regionals. That’s not the case anymore.”
Rahul Parsanna, who qualified as an individual for regionals last year, knows the young Tigers will give it everything they have.
“This year, it’s gotten pretty tough,” he said. “It will be difficult to win districts, but we’re still looking for a good result. Just play your best.”