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TROJAN GOLF: Trojans excited for new season

Jordan Willi/Daily Globe Worthington boy's golfer Seth Meier follows through on his swing after hitting the ball down the freeway during a practice round of golf Monday at Prairie View Golf Course in Worthington.1 / 2
Jordan Willi/Daily Globe Worthington girls' golfer Kate Lesnar practices her putting during practice Monday at Prairie View Golf Course in Worthington.2 / 2

WORTHINGTON -- After all their success last season, the Trojan golf coach Ron Wood feels his boys' and girls' teams are poised to make another strong push toward state this year.

"We have a large number of returning players from last year's teams both for the boys and the girls," Wood said. "Last season, the Trojan girls' golf team won the sub-section title and Seth Meier made it to the section tournament for the boys. I think we will be highly competitive again this year."

The Trojan boys return their full eight-man roster from a year ago, while the girls' team has three seniors coming back for another season.

"We should be very competitive from the perspective that we have so many good players coming back," Wood said. "We also have a good cadre of supporting players who should be able to help us out this season."

Despite all the team's success last season, senior leaders Seth Meier and Kate Lesnar know that there is no time to take a break and relax.

"I spent a lot of time on the course this summer and fall working on different parts of my game," said Lesnar, who made it to state last season. "I worked on my chipping and putting and a few other things."

As one of only two seniors on the boys' team, Meier knows it will fall on him this season to keep his teammate's spirits up and make sure they stay focused on the task at hand.

"I keep telling the guys that even if you are down by two strokes, you can't give up," Meier said. "You have to focus on your next shot and do what you can to make up ground. I also make sure to keep encouraging everyone to keep their heads up even if they are behind."

Lesnar agrees that keeping her teammates focused on the game within the game will go a long way toward good rounds of golf for the Trojans this season.

"You have to stay focused during every round," Lesnar said. "During a meet, I try to give everyone encouragement to do their best. I tell them that every shot counts, so you need to stay focused through every hole."

Worthington's all-around game was strong last season, but Wood still believes there are a few areas of his team's game that could use some work coming into this season.

"Last year, our short game was a big weakness for us," Wood said. "On the boys' side, they have to learn they can't use their driver on every hole. The girls don't really have the same problem, since they can't hit as far, but we do have two female golfers who can hit some very long shots."

With weather conditions taking a turn for the worst over the last week, Meier and the rest of his teammates know what little practice time they can get has become that much more important.

"We have to try hard to improve during meets and practices," Wood said. "We have to take practices seriously and do what we need to in order to get better."

The Trojans are scheduled to travel to Fulda today, but weather conditions may force the meet to be canceled or postponed. This weekend's meet in Marshall has already been postponed, meaning Worthington may not play their first match until Tuesday at Luverne.