After a tough season, the Lions golf team were able to claim fifth place in the division.
Hopeful for next year, upcoming junior Jake McIntyre and sophomore Dalton Gray have a big hole to fill with the loss of seniors and co-captains Ian Schaeffer, Grant Fickes, and Micah Osenbach.
“It will hurt,” said coach Ryan McCleary. “Ian and Grant were our top two (players) and losing them will make a big impact on the team next year.”
When asked on how the team performed this year coach McCleary explained, “We placed about where we expected.” The Lions finished fifth out of seven teams. “We were consistent with our scores throughout the year and that is important.”
The team was lead by three co-captains, including Ian Schaeffer, who placed at the top of his team and was ranked 12th in the division, Grant Fickes, who finished 17th, and junior Jake McIntyre who finished 21st. All three captains made it to Counties.
Bringing pride to Red Lion on and off the course, the golf team came together this year and held a benefit event for former teammate and friend Jake Linn, who passed away in a tragic car accident in January of this year. After a home match held at Pleasant Valley Golf Course, the Lions held a fundraiser to raise money for Jake Linn’s memorial scholarship.
The team’s family members all pitched in and donated food items to sell during the match. The team raised over $100 for the scholarship.