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2020 BOYS GOLF PREVIEW: Team-by-team capsules
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Forsyth Central

Coach: William Hobbs, first season

Key returners: Drew Oldham, Jr.; Thomas Miller, Sr.; Dalton Newsom, Sr.; Braden Cook, Jr.; Walker Springsteen, Jr.; Jayden Todaro, Jr.

Key newcomers: Jack Darke, Fr.; Ty Schmidt, Fr.; Carter Brown, Fr.; Braden Orlosky, Fr.

What to know: Forsyth Central head coach William Hobbs expects the Bulldogs to be much improved in his first year since taking over for longtime coach Greg Dirst, with several upperclassmen offering leadership. Drew Oldham is one of four juniors on the roster and figures to lead the Bulldogs, while freshman Jack Darke offers optimism for the future of the program.

 

Denmark

Coach: Trevor Patterson, second season

Key returners: Sreyas Gentela, Jr.; Will Powell, Sr.

Key newcomers: Samanyu Gentela, Fr.

What to know: Denmark finished 12th out of 14 teams last year in its inaugural season. The Danes look to take a step forward in 2020, with senior Will Powell and junior Sreyas Gentela returning. Gentela led the team with a nine-hole average of 41 strokes, followed by Powell’s 44. Gentela’s younger brother, Samanyu Gentela, is a promising freshman who figures to factor heavily into the Danes’ lineup. Patterson said Samanyu is one of the best players in the state for his age and has broken par several times while playing in tournaments around the country.

 

Lambert

Coach: Brooks Youngblood, fifth season

Key returners: Judson Kenney, Sr.; Myles Jones, Jr.; Kyle Stine, So.

Key newcomers: Luke Mitchell, Sr.; Carson Rossi, Sr.; Eric Ahn, Sr.; Nathan Sastry, Sr.; Luke Cusick, Jr.; Nick Schwendiman, Fr.

What to know: Lambert has three returners – Judson Kenney, Myles Jones, Kyle Stine – that head coach Brooks Youngblood feels confident in, so the Longhorns’ task early in the season will be to find a fourth golfer to round out the lineup. Lambert won the Coal Mountain Invitational and Catamount Classic last year before a fourth-place finish at the Area 3-7A tournament and finishing eighth at the Class 7A state championship. Youngblood said he believes Lambert’s fourth golfer can fluctuate from tournament to tournament.

 

North Forsyth

Coach: Rodney Moore, 19th season

Key returners: Bradley Boone, Jr.; Dax Isbell, So.; Hayden Graham, Jr.; Logan Clark, Jr.; Brodie Mizer, So.

Key newcomers: Parker Durkin, Fr.

What to know: North Forsyth head coach Rodney Moore expects to get solid contributions from junior Bradley Boone and sophomore Dax Isbell, but the Raiders will look to juniors Hayden Graham and Logan Clark, as well as sophomore Brodie Mizer, to round out the scores. North Forsyth finished ninth at last year’s Class 7A state tournament, and Boone shot a 16-over 160 to finish tied for 30th, which leads all of this season’s returners. Moore said he also expects freshman Parker Durkin to step in and have some scores counted this year.

 

Pinecrest Academy

Coach: Lee Anderson, first season

Key returners: Billy Bear, Sr.; Anthony Birozes, Sr.; Sam Boone, Sr.

Key newcomers: Will West, So.; Sean McCabe, Fr.

What to know: Pinecrest Academy looks to grow after last year’s ninth-place finish at the Area 2 Class 1A Private tournament. The Paladins did not qualify for the state tournament last season, but Pinecrest returns a trio of seniors – Billy Bear, Anthony Birozes, Sam Boone – and a couple of underclassmen in Will West and Sean McCabe who head coach Lee Anderson believes have plenty of experience for their age.  

 

South Forsyth

Coach: Chris Reonas, first season

Key returners: Parker Duncan, Sr.; Blake Parkman, Jr.; Michael Dotson, Jr.

Key newcomers: Zach Fischer, Jr.; Christian Kim, Fr.

What to know: South Forsyth was a top-five finisher in six of 11 tournaments last season, highlighted by a win at Gainesville’s Big Red Invitational. The War Eagles must replace Forsyth County News Player of the Year Drew Shell, who is a freshman at Young Harris, but return a solid nucleus of upperclassmen in senior Parker Duncan and juniors Blake Parkman and Michael Dotson. Parkman recently committed to play golf at the University of Georgia.

 

West Forsyth

Coach: James Hallewell, third season

Key returners: Peyton Balent, Jason Quinlan, Jackson Hilton, Jimmy Coleman, Connor Wilkie, Ryan Grizzard

Key newcomers: Rhett Williams, Cameron Turner

What to know: West Forsyth returns a loaded roster a season after its Class 7A state championship. The Wolverines also captured the Area 3-7A title and won the Buford Best Ball championship, while setting a school record for scoring, averaging 71.5 strokes per 18 holes. West Forsyth is scheduled to play in some prestigious tournaments around the state, including the 18th annual Georgia-South Carolina Cup on March 20 in Carrollton. The Wolverines had a pair of golfers sign to college programs in the fall: Jason Quinlan (University of South Carolina) and Peyton Balent (Valdosta State).