Depth and talent won’t be a question for either the Holy Trinity boys and girls golf teams this season.
“I’ve got a couple of girls who will get in the 30s and four or five other girls who will be low-to-high 40s,” Holy Trinity girls coach Ben Rotgers said. “We’ve got a very good team, very deep.”
The same can be said on the boys side, where the Tigers have a nice mix of four seniors and younger players who will certainly make them competitive now and for years to come.
“It’s been going pretty well,” junior Cash Luck said of the early success the boys team has had.
“We’ve beaten two of our rival teams so far. We beat Edgewood and we beat Trinity Prep, so I think I can say for all of us that we’re very excited about that to see where the season will take us.”
Likewise, the girls team started off the season with four straight wins, led by the senior trio of Emma Baumgartner, Grace Rush and Sydney Smith who also think the future is bright for the program.
“We have four sophomores,” Rush said. “I’d say they’ve really improved from the summer to now. So, I think in the coming years it’s going to be a really strong team.”
While both programs will certainly be competitive, they are playing in perhaps the toughest — at least, on the girls side — district and region in the state.
Since the FHSAA went to three classes in 2013, the Class 1A girls championship has been dominated by Lake Mary Prep, First Academy or Circle Christian.
Lake Mary Prep and Circle Christian are in Holy Trinity’s district while First Academy is in the same region along with 2021 state champ Windermere Prep.
“Typically, one of those three schools has the lowest score in the entire state every year,” Rotgers said. “It’s a tough division to be in.”
That doesn’t mean, the Tigers aren’t confident.
“Our goal is to get to state,” Smith said.
Joining the three seniors in trying to make that happen will be sophomore Natalie Doig; junior Mia Glover; sophomore Audrey Ponton; sophomore Victoria Nelson; junior Katrina Blanco; junior Brooke Ramnath; sophomore Katie Leonard and freshman Niki Stanoch.
The boys, meanwhile, will be led by seniors Mitch McCullar; Dexter Phipps, Tim Kelly and Harrison Jacobus along with juniors Cash Luck, Rohan Prasanna and Jake McLaren; sophomores Landon Dawson and Matt Vigean; freshman Bradley Braid and eighth-graders Marco Dawson and Nathan Combs.
Coach Ken Benfield said he has eight players competing for the five starting spots that will take the Tigers into the postseason. The players are confident they can advance in a district that includes Lake Mary Prep and Circle Christian, who finished second and third in the state last season.
“I think if we play well, we have a chance to get out of districts,” Prasanna said. “Out of the eight that can compete, I think many of them can get out of districts individually.”