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Aiming for fun on the course

WORTHINGTON -- As much as head coach Woody Krommendyk hopes his Worthington Trojans' boys and girls golf teams play well, he wants them to have fun. To that end, Krommendyk hopes his team feels as little pressure on itself as possible. "Golf's a ...

WORTHINGTON -- As much as head coach Woody Krommendyk hopes his Worthington Trojans' boys and girls golf teams play well, he wants them to have fun.

To that end, Krommendyk hopes his team feels as little pressure on itself as possible.

"Golf's a mental game," he said. "You put as much pressure on yourself as you allow.

"As far as the pressure I'm going to put on them, I'm not going to put any on them," Krommendyk added. "I'm just going to make sure they have a good time."

Drew Stevenson and Ryan Radloff could be big reasons for the Trojans' boys to have fun this year. With the departure of Randy Lathen, the team will look to find someone to fill the void. Stevenson, expected to be the No. 1 golfer for the Trojans this year, will have the first shot to step into Lathen's proverbial shoes.

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But filling Lathen's shoes will not be easy. Last year Lathen was the leader of the team and, had it not been for a rough second day at the Section 2AA meet in Buffalo Lake, he would've represented Worthington at the state tournament.

Radloff, along with Joe Koepsell, are both coming in with optimistic expectations this year. Krommendyk hopes those two, along with Josh Laffen and Justin Anderson, can help the team compete.

Another thing that could lead to success for the Trojan boys will be how well it does in the short game, knowing when to pull out the driver or when to go with an iron.

The team enters with the perception of lower expectations, but that isn't naturally a bad thing, according to Krommendyk.

"That can be good in a way," he said. "We can maybe turn some heads and surprise some people."

For the girls team, Ashley Goettig enters as the likely successor to the No. 1 spot previously held by Erin Schlichte. Goettig, in her final year with the Trojans, has continually made improvement with her short game. It is her work on shots close to the green that has helped her provide solid results.

"The times she did have good scores, she was putting it well and chipping it well," Krommendyk said.

While Megan Ahlberg and Toni Ingenthron also return off last year's team, another player who could have an impact is Leigh Van Hove. Speaking with Krommendyk, however, Van Hove's impact may be felt more down the line.

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Van Hove can hit the ball strong off the tee and has shown a willingness to work hard at her game. The freshman's ability to know when to hit the ball strong and when to take a little bit off will be important for her -- and her teammates -- most notably if things don't go well on the previous hole.

"Especially when you get frustrated out on the golf course, you want to try to take out your aggression on the next tee box," Krommendyk said. "That's generally not the way to go about things. It compounds your mistakes."

If the Trojans are able to maintain a positive attitude on the course and not let any mistakes compound themselves, the team could turn in good results.

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