For the past couple of weeks, Woodward-Granger’s golf athletes have been driving, chipping and putting away for their upcoming season, which kicked off on April 2.


Both the Hawks boys and girls squads, according to head coach David Combs, are filled with promise and the possibility of finally advancing to the next level.


“Everything is a stepping stone for our kids, shooting personal bests leads to higher finishes in conference, higher finishes in conferences gets us prepared to compete in sectional play and so on,” Combs said.


Combs positive attitude is not just a motivational tactic. The long time coach is steadfast in believing how far both squads can advance, despite the loss of some great players.


“Each team will feel the loss of some key contributors from last year’s seniors,” the coach said. “Paige Mescher was a four year contributor for the program. Her passion for the game and demonstration of the young ladies we want to come from our program will be missed.”


The same will be felt on the boys side with not just one player but two missing from the roster.


“On the boys side, sectional qualifier Brady Aunspach and four-year-letterwinner Austin Ober were great members of our golf program and brought a lot of passion and competitiveness to our team,” Combs noted. “We will miss having them in the lineup this year, but we know they left a major impact on our program.”


Luckily for Combs and the Hawks fans, there are a number of players who already seem to be carrying the torch.


“Looking forward to seeing Aubrey Mescher and Cierra DeHoet take some great strides in leading our girls team this season,” he said. “I am excited to see what they can do as we prepare for the upcoming season and the influence that they can have on the newcomers to our girls’ team.”


On the boys side, Combs is definitely not absent of players he feels will carry the load left by the graduated seniors.


“Nick Brummond, Max Helbling, Hunter Pierce and Matt Buch will lead the team after a near advancement in Sectional play last year,” Combs said. “All four bring some great experience to the boys program and it will be great having them push each other and the younger players to continue to grow our program. “


Regardless of how the season unfolds, Combs knows his team will show improvement as the year progresses.


“As typical for my program we look forward to continued growth throughout the season and playing our best golf come conference tournament and sectional playoff time,” he said.