Making those goals possible will be a slew of seniors, starting with Derek Hettmansperger. After carding a 67 to take individual medalist honors at sectional last season, Hettmansperger again advanced into the regional round of play.
Classmates Alec Brown and Casey Cross bring three years of varsity experience to the table and, along with Kyle Dafoe and Michael Wamsley, make up the leadership of the Bulldogs.
“Cross and Brown both have shown the ability to score on a consistent basis the previous two seasons,” Brown said. “Dafoe and Wamsley have improved their golf games since the conclusion of last season. Hettmansperger will be relied upon to provide very good play and leadership. The five seniors are all good students with good character and, most importantly, are excellent teammates to the younger players.”
Also in the mix for a varsity spot are sophomore Zach Clemens and freshmen Luke Kelly and Landon Mundell.
Brown said the Bulldogs know what their chances at a successful season boil down to.
“The biggest factor to our team’s success this season will be consistent play in all matches from all five positions,” Brown said. “If a team can have five or more different players that a coach is confident in playing in any match, then consistent team success is attainable.”
The Warriors finished with a 4-9 record last year and a sixth-place finish in the Sagamore Conference. Danville also lost three starters from last season with significant varsity experience.
Coming back to lead the Warriors this season are sophomores Payton Perry and Ryan Miller, along with sophomore Justin England who spent much of last season on the junior varsity squad. Both Perry and Miller played on the varsity squad as freshmen.
“We will need good seasons from our returning golfers, along with freshman Garrett Compliment,” Danville coach Terry Siddall said of the Warriors’ keys to success this year.