Frustrating start for Warwick
Better days will be ahead for the Warwick golfers.
In their opening Section One match of the season last Friday, in the debut for first-year coach Kevin McNece, the Warriors got an 0-6 start.
Carding a team score of 369, led by senior Walt Pelensky’s 12-over par 82, Warwick finished 18 strokes behind fifth-place Cedar Crest (351).
But McNece likes his team and he’s aware that there will be some growing pains along the way.
“It’s frustrating to see the kids where you know they can chip and putt better than what they were doing,” he said. “You lose focus and it got a little bit out of control.”
Manheim Township was in top form, going a perfect 6-0 with a team score of 299, paced by Ryan Dornes 1-under par 69. The Streaks’ top four golfers shot 77 or better, helping Township finish 36 strokes ahead of runner-up Penn Manor (335).
“They’re obviously going to be the team to beat in that they’ve got a lot of talent,” McNece remarked, “and they’ve got some depth &tstr; more than any of the other schools.”
Hempfield was third with a 339, followed by Conestoga Valley (343), Ephrata (346), Cedar Crest and Warwick.
For the Warriors, Pelensky is coming off a season in which he took fourth at the L-L Championships, but enters the season a bit behind in his game.
“I would think that that potential can come if he works at his game,” McNece said. “He kinda took the summer off, so he fell behind a lot of golfers that he was ahead of during last season. I think he’ll get it back. Being a senior, he’s trying to work and do a sport, so it’s really kinda challenging sometimes.”
Behind Pelensky, Evan Havemann carded an 89, Tyce Wagner finished with a 93, and Nate Merrill and Dylan Fisher both shot a 105.
“I’ve got some projects that need to get taken care of, changing some set-ups,” McNece said. “The season is so short that it’s really difficult to make anybody do a major swing change. You can’t, so you’re basically working on fundamentals so that they’re real sound &tstr; grip, stance, set-up and then see what happens through the season and then try to get them to work on stuff off-season. To make a swing change, it doesn’t happen in a week.”
The Warriors end this week with three Section One matches in three days, playing at Four Seasons on Wednesday, Foxchase on Thursday and Overlook on Friday.
“It’s a crazy week,” McNece said. “I like my team. The kids are probably the most polite kids that I’ve worked with. They’re very, very good. We’re just going to grow the program.”
Bruce Morgan is the sports editor for the Lititz Record Express. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at email@example.com or at 721-4451.