WEST LAFAYETTE -- Coming off a highly successful season last year under first-year coach Doug Davis, the Ridgewood High golf team will be hard pressed to reach the high standard set last season.
The Generals compiled an impressive 116-16 record along with sharing the Inter-Valley Conference title with Garaway with an 6-1 mark and qualified for districts.
"We had a real good year last season," Davis said. "I was real pleased with the season, the kids really played some good golf. Now the trick will to stay at that high level."
Lost to graduation are four key members of last year's squad in Tanner Stoffer, Seth Finton, Austin Manning and Andy Callahan.
RHS returns a pair of senior lettermen in Tyler Davis and Howie Young, who will be counted on to lead a young Generals' team this year.
Davis, a three-year letterman enjoyed a stellar season a year ago reeling in First Team Eastern District, First Team IVC honors for his play.
"Tyler has a lot of experience," Davis said. "He's played a lot of golf over the summer, and we're looking for big things from him this year."
Tyler Davis is off to a good start, having captured medalist honors in all three of the Generals tournaments so far this season.
Young is a two-year letterman who came on strong last season and has carried that momentum over to this year.
"Howie really came on for us last year," Davis said. "He didn't start the year with the varsity, but really picked it up and really improved as the season went along. He has continued that play this year and is really making his presence felt."
Filling the other varsity slots for the Generals so far this season have been juniors Nathan Hoffman, Wesley Cochran, sophomore Sam Bucher and freshman Nick Blakley.
"We really need our young guys to step up," Davis said. "They don't have a lot of varsity expierence, but they have done a good job so far this year. They all played a lot of golf over the summer and put in the time to improve their game."
Rounding out the Generals' roster junior Jake Polloch, sophomores Cameron Miser, Austin Brown, freshman Bobby Cowdery and Tad Landis.
"I think as we get more experience as the season goes along we will get better," Davis said. "We need to work on our course management and sty off those big numbers...cut down on our mistakes and we should be solid."
A total of five golfers will make up the Lady Generals golf team this season, and coach Craig Reveal will also feature a pair of returning lettermen to lead his team.
Senior Paige Lane will hold down the number one spot for RHS, coming off a season in which she was tabbed with First Team Eastern District and First Team IVC honors.
"Paige is the leader of the team, no question," Reveal said. "She is just an excellent player..really solid. She's just a joy to coach, and she's a real asset for me as she is almost like an assistant coach out on the course."
Junior Amanda Matchett is the other returning letterwinner for RHS, and according to Reveal keeps every one in high spirits.
"Amanda brings a lot of energy to the team," Reveal said. "She just has a great attitude and is a joy to have around."
A trio of freshman golfers complete the Lady Generals' team this season in Samantha Wilson, Kaitlyn Fenton, and Kristin Poorman.
"Our freshman our all new to the game of golf," Reveal said. "But they are picking things up quickly and look like they will turn into solid golfers with some time and hard work."