Jackson, Froelich, Willcott give LHS golfers experience
In recent years the Lansing High golf team's performance week to week has been as unpredictable as spring weather.
This year, however, LHS coach Bill Pekarek predicts his players' scores will be low, their play will be consistent and they'll be competitive in every tournament.
Pekarek said he is confident in those predictions for one reason: Lansing returns its most experienced squad in recent memory.
"We've got seven people returning from last year, and then we've got eight relatively new people that are making practices more compeititive," Pekarek said. "Last year we kind of lacked that third-, fourth- and fifth-man score that can help you in the tournament, and I feel like this year some of our players have improved a little bit so we're deeper there in the fourth, fifth and sixth spots."
Lansing qualified as a team for the Class 5A state tournament last year. It was the first time since the Class 4A state tournament in 2000 that LHS sent a full squad to state. Two Lions who played in the state tournament last year are back. They are junior Maria Jackson and senior Stefan Froelich. In addition, senior Ryan Willcott traveled to the tournament as the team's alternate.
Jackson was Lansing's No. 1 player last year, and Pekarek said she would fill that role again.
Pekarek said Froelich and Willcott would be looked to for both leadership and consistent low scores. He said they needed to shoot between 39 and 42 consistently if Lansing is going to be a contender in every tournament.