Left photo courtesy of Marshall Boys Golf/Right photo courtesy of Marshall Girls Golf Left: Pictured is the Marshall Boys Golf Team. Front row (left to right): Luke Ehlers, Jared Reinsma, Nathan Lenz, Noah Myhre, Tyler Welsh, Gavin Welsh, Owen Renslow, Joey Fossum, Chase Mellenthin, Grady Meulebroeck and Jayden Manthei. Back row (left to right): Jonah Vierstraete, Klayton Weller, Jake Johnson, Nate Panka, Zach Kramer, Mason Eickhoff, Logan Legatt, Zach Kurth, Xander Antony, Jon Eben, Evan Franson, Sam Schwarz, Ed Nubile, Brenden Weller , Owen Wilts, Tucker Mauch, Kadam Brinkman, Brayden Louwagie and Hudson Dieken. Right: Pictured is the Marshall Girls’ Golf Team. Front row (left to right): Kaitlyn Runia, Sophia Schwartz and Taylor Miller. Middle row (left to right): Rylee Jacobson, Kaylee Prins, Jada Falconer, Dayton Webskowski, Ali Pederson, Jaryn Hilgemann, Cloie Stevens and Izzy Colvin. Back row (left to right): Brooklyn Gossen, Grace Ehlers and Eryn Kraft.

MARSHALL — After finishing second in the Big South Conference and third in the Sections, the Marshall Tigers men’s golf team will be looking to make an even bigger impact this season. With 14 returning players and 16 new additions, the Tigers are looking to have the experience/youth balance needed to make a run at a conference championship. Kari Ehlers, who is in her 22nd season as a coach and seventh as a head coach, spoke about winning the conference and sections and improving golf skills as expectations for her team this season at to come.

“For the varsity team, I expect us to try to win the tournament and the conference sections,” said Ehlers. “For new kids, we hope to help them improve their basic skills and get them comfortable on the ball to know where their shots will go.”

Some of the Tigers’ key returning players are Luke Ehlers, who ranked second in the conference last year, Jayden Manthei, who ranked 13th in the conference, Sam Schwarz, Joey Fossum and Evan Franson. The Tigers are looking to focus more on the green and manage the course better as a team, coach Ehlers added. Coach Ehlers also commented that she can’t wait to see how much fun her kids are having developing skills to become an effective golf player.

“It’s always fun to see kids having fun while learning at the same time,” she says. “Golf can be a tough game, but they can play for a very long time.”

Girls

On the girls’ side, Marshall wants to continue improving on last year’s results when they finished sixth in the Big South Conference and Section 3AA championship. Nancy Blanchard, who previously coached from 2010 to 2015, retired and took over as head coach this season, spoke about how the team should beat 400 and finish in the top five in the conference.

“My expectations for this team are to beat 400 and finish in the top five in the conference and sections,” said Blanchard. “I can’t wait to see how far we can grow as a team and to see the girls improve.”

The Tigers had two daughters who qualified individually for the second day of the sectional meet last year, with Brooklyn Gossen also named to the All-Conference team. Grace Ehlers will also be looking to pave the way for Marshall. Blanchard also welcomes the competition between the team and believes depth will be a strength.

“I think depth will be one of our strengths this year,” said Blanchard. “We will have several people competing for the last 2-3 places in college.”



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