WEST LAFAYETTE -- The Ridgewood High boys' golf team will be led by first-year head coach Joe Blakley.
"The team didn't finish strong last year," Blakley said, "They leveled off towards the end of the season."
The good news is that the Generals only lost one senior and have some good leaders coming back.
Coach Blakley's son, Nick Blakley, will be the only senior and he will be looking to improve on what was a fine 2014 campaign. He finished with second team all-East District accolades and was an all-IVC honorable mention choice.
Also having a successful year was junior Brice Dennis. He was named second team all-East District and all-IVC.
It will be on the shoulders of those two to lead a young group of golfers with the rest of the team made up of very talented sophomores and freshmen.
Sophomores include Adam Matusik, Palmer Erb, Kenny Lott and Ryan Zinkon.
A strong freshman class of five will be led by Mason Waycaster, who will most likely be the three man on the team behind Blakley and Dennis.
Other freshmen are Zach Maust, Gauge Shaw, Jacob Reveal and Eli Giles.
"Our main goal this year is to finish better," Blakley said. "We have a young team, so it is all about having a better short game, playing smarter golf and limiting damage from our mistakes.
"For having a young team, I expect a lot out of them." he noted. "If we can get some of the younger kids to step up, we should be good."
The Ridgewood girls' team wants to improve on last year and although losing four seniors to graduation is not going to help.
Six-year head coach Craig Reveal believes the Lady Generals can improve and it will all start with senior letterwinner Samantha Wilson.
"She is our number one golfer and we will be counting on her for scoring," Reveal said.
Wilson earned first team all-East District honors a year ago while also receiving first team all-IVC recognition.
She will be joined by returning senior letterwinner Katy Chittum.
The only junior who will be taking swings for Ridgewood will be returning letterwinner Tyra Reed.
Three freshmen will have an opportunity to step up into bigger roles -- Hallie Reed, Bethany Shuck and Sadie Wilson, the younger sister of the team's senior leader
"We are a young team that is looking to improve," Reveal stated. "Our goals this year will to do the best we can in every match, represent our school well and to have fun."