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Large turnout pleases Valmeyer golf coach

By on August 23, 2012 at 1:05 am

By MARK HODAPP – Sports Editor 

In recent years, the Valmeyer High School golf team struggled to find players.

But that doesn’t appear to be a problem this fall — at least for the boys team.

Valmeyer has 15 boys playing golf this fall.

While the girls team has only two players, Valmeyer coach Rick Crossin believes both teams are beginning to attract more players.

Why the sudden turn around?

The coach credits Acorns Golf Course in Waterloo.

Acorns is waiving all Valmeyer High School golfers green fees during the summer.

“That makes less stress on the parents,” Crossin said.

Valmeyer will be a young team as there is one senior boy in Luke Andres and one senior girl in Kristin Scheibe.

Valmeyer also has three talented juniors.

Alex Petri and Ethan May are expected to shoot in the mid-40s.

Sophomore Zack Williams and junior Wyatt Spurgeon, who transferred to Valmeyer from Gibault, are expected to be among the Pirates’ top four scorers.

“We’ll be all right,” Crossin said.

Valmeyer has 11 underclassmen this fall, including  two sophomores and nine freshmen who are filling out the roster.

Crossin said he is impressed by the desire his players have shown early.

“They just want to come out and play,” he said. “Once a player gets that desire, they can improve. I’m very happy.

Crossin said he hopes his bunch can win a few more matches this fall, and possibly advance a couple golfers to sectionals.

The girls team will be comprised of Victoria Fritz and Scheibe.

Victoria is the younger sister of former Valmeyer golfer Nathan Fritz.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.