BISHOP EUSTACE CRUSADERS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Kyle Bartholomew emerged as the No. 1 player for Bishop Eustace last year and is primed for a big senior season. He posted a 41.5 average during stroke play and was an Olympic National first-team all-star for the second year in a row. He was also the Crusaders’ top finisher at the Carl Arena Tournament with an 81. Senior Matt McCaffrey is another key returner who made the all-conference second team and shot a 91 at the Carl Arena. Senior Michelle Quinn rounds out the solid top three for Eustace. Other returners hoping to have an impact are senior Dylan Sobieski and juniors Ryan Kane and Jack Paolini.
OUTLOOK: The Crusaders got off to a rough start in 2019 but played well down the stretch and finished with a 6-12 record. If they can get of the gates quicker this spring, a winning record is not out of the question.
CAMDEN CATHOLIC FIGHTING IRISH
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Camden Catholic brings back a solid roster that includes senior Pat Galloway, who had eight rounds in the 40s during stroke play and was the team’s highest finisher at the Olympic Conference Tournament. Junior Colin Merriman showed potential as a sophomore and was the leading finisher for the Irish at the Carl Arena Tournament. Justin Seo is another talented junior who was consistently in the top four during matches. Jackson DiBease is a sophomore expected to contribute.
OUTLOOK: If the Irish can add some depth to push their top three returners, they should add a few wins to their record this spring.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Brendan Biddle put together a strong sophomore season and could be ready to take over as Cherokee’s No. 1 golfer this spring. He carded an 83 at the Olympic Conference Tourna- ment to earn first-team honors in the American Division and shot an 82 at the Carl Arena Tournament, the best score on the team. Sophomore Lee Gerber consistently shot in the low 40s during stroke play and posted an 85 at the conference tournament, securing a spot on the American Division second team. Junior Brendan Davis and senior Ethan Ewell both had rounds of 40 during the regular season and other talented returners include senior Matt Lafferty, junior Jake Newman and sophomore Danny Shaughnessy.
OUTLOOK: The Chiefs won five of their last six matches in 2019 to finish with an 11-6 record, and with a promising core in place, another successful season appears likely.
CHERRY HILL EAST COUGARS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Simon Miller and Noah Greenspun are talented seniors who will push each other day in and day out and lead the way for Cherry Hill East this season. Miller was the Cougars’ top finisher at sectionals, as he carded an 81 to tie for 19th place. He also had the team’s low round during the regular season with a 35, fired an 84 at the Olympic Conference Tournament to make the American Division second team and shot an 84 at the Carl Arena Tournament. Greenspun made the American Division first team with an 83 at the conference tournament and posted Cherry Hill East’s best score at Carl Arena with an 82. At sectionals, he shot 87. Senior Sean Voit is a consistent contributor as well, and other returners hoping to make an impact are senior Dylan Cardea and sophomore Eric Kang.
OUTLOOK: The Cougars posted their first winning record since 2015 last year, finishing with an 11-5 mark and placing 11th at sectionals. A second straight winning season is a strong possibility and several golfers could be in the mix for individual titles.
CHERRY HILL WEST LIONS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cherry Hill West suffered big losses to graduation, losing five of its top six golfers. But the Lions are happy to welcome back Will Milligan, who has flashed potential in his first two seasons and is poised for a big junior year. He was the team’s top finisher at the Olympic Conference Tournament for the second year in a row, as he carded a 90 to earn National Division second-team accolades. Milligan also posted a 94 at the Carl Arena Tournament and had a season-low of 38 during stroke play. Junior Ryan Ott will also look to be a difference-maker, while seniors Colin Permar and Kai Barker are other veterans. The Lions will be relying on a host of newcomers to fill out the lineup.
OUTLOOK: Milligan should be a factor in every round and will look to be a leader for a young and inexperienced team hoping to make strides throughout the season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: It’s a new era at Clearview following the graduation of Gage Wolfle, who followed in his brother Shea’s footsteps and became one of South Jersey’s premier golfers during his time with the Pioneers. The good news is the return of senior Pearse Costello, who tied for ninth at the Gloucester County Tournament with an 82. Costello also had two rounds of 38 during the regular season and carded an 84 at the Carl Arena Tournament. Junior Ty Williams should push Costello for the top spot during matches. He is Clearview’s highest returning golfer from sectionals, as he shot 94 at Running Deer. Juniors Jarrett Craig and Jackson Filinuk and sophomore Brendan Burke gained valuable experience last year and should only get better this spring.
OUTLOOK: The Pioneers will certainly look a little different this season without a Wolfle in the lineup, but should remain competitive after finishing 9-7 and placing eighth at sectionals in 2019.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior Tyler Peters is primed for a successful final season after carding an 80 at Ramblewood Country Club to finish third at the Olympic Conference Tournament. That performance earned him American Division first-team honors for the second straight year. Peters was also Eastern’s top finisher at the Carl Arena Tournament with an 82 and at sectionals with an 87. Junior Danny Francesconi is another veteran standout and a stellar group of sophomores is also back. That group includes Grant Zielinski, who had solid rounds at the conference and Carl Arena tournaments, and Kartik Vijayapuri, who fired a 38 during the regular season. Other sophomores looking to build on promising rookie seasons are Jake Marini and Ayden Rinaldi.
OUTLOOK: The Vikings got off to a rough start in 2019, but after their young golfers found their footing the team fared much better down the stretch. It would not be a surprise to see Eastern ride that momentum and post a winning record this spring.
GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC RAMS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Gloucester Catholic graduated its top four golfers from last year so the lineup will have a much different look. The top returner is senior Max Burnite, who had two rounds of 43 during stroke play and also competed at sectionals. Sophomore Colin Murphy showed promise as a rookie, firing a 42 in a win over Pennsville, and will look to take his game up a notch as well. Juniors John Paul Rai and Andrew Schenk and sophomore Mackenzie Boyle are newcomers who are being counted on to contribute.
OUTLOOK: Last season was a memorable one for the Rams, who went 11-2, captured the Tri-County Conference Classic Division title and placed fourth at sectionals. This looks to be a rebuilding season but they hope to show progress throughout the year.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Haddonfield said goodbye to a strong senior class and will be looking for new leaders to emerge. One of the candidates is sophomore Sean Walker, who made an immediate impact as a rookie. He had seven rounds in the 40s during stroke play, including a 41 in a victory over Gateway. Senior Maureen O’Brien and junior Mason Speh are other veterans the Bulldawgs will be counting on this spring. Junior Cooper Bonawitz and sophomore Joe Tichansky are also hoping to contribute.
OUTLOOK: The Bulldawgs have some holes to fill after a 14-4 season, but this is a consistent program year in and year out and they should stay competitive.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Kingsway brings back a terrific senior duo in Carl Ernst and Brandon Farley. Ernst, a key golfer since his freshman year, was a Tri-County Conference Royal Division first-teamer as a junior and was the Dragons’ top finisher at sectionals, as he carded an 83 to tie for 29th. He also shot a 74 at the Gloucester County Tournament on his way to third place and posted an 81 at the Carl Arena Tournament. Farley beat Ernst in a playoff at the county tournament to take second and carded an 82 at Carl Arena and an 85 at sectionals. Other talented returners in the top four are junior Rocco SanFelice, who led the Dragons at Carl Arena with an 80, and senior Bobby Johnson, who fired an 84 at sectionals. Seniors Matt Ciocco and Nick McIntyre are also expected to have an impact and there is some youthful talent entering the program as well.
OUTLOOK: The Dragons’ 2019 season featured a 10-5 record, a second-place finish at the county tournament and a seventh at sectionals. New head coach Michael Coller inherits a deep, experienced team that hopes to be in the mix in the division race and at the major tournaments in 2020.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior Sam Mohnacs is coming off a solid junior season and will look to take the reins as Lenape’s No. 1 golfer. He was the Indians’ top finisher at sectionals after posting an 83 and tying for 29th. He also consistently shot in the low 40s during stroke play and carded a 36 in a win over Paul VI. Johann Thomas and James Pai are other seniors who will be counted on for low rounds during matches. Sophomore Ryan Brennen showed potential as a rookie and other returners hoping to contribute are junior Udai Singh and sophomore Matthew Farbaniec.
OUTLOOK: The Indians have a solid core hitting the links and will shoot for a winning record after finishing 7-9 last season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Moorestown graduated an outstanding crop of seniors, including Will Tone and Akhil Giri, who took the top two spots at sectionals and placed in the top seven at states. But the cupboard is far from bare. Senior Hayden Greer carded a 74 at Running Deer to tie for fourth at sectionals and went on to place 10th at states with an 83. He also posted nine rounds in the 30s during stroke play, including a 35 in a win over Rancocas Valley. Senior Steve Eigenrauch is another talented returner who shot 79 at the Carl Arena Tournament and 87 at sectionals. He also carded two rounds of 33 during the regular season. Seniors Elias Sulpizio and Kyle Carlton are other veterans expected to lead the way during matches, and junior Matt McBride is also a golfer to keep an eye on.
OUTLOOK: The Quakers capped an amazing two-year run last spring, as they went 16-0 and captured sectional and state championships. Although several key players have moved on, hopes will remain high.
MOORESTOWN FRIENDS FOXES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Although Moorestown Friends graduated No. 1 golfer Alec Ryden, the rest of the top five is back this spring. That includes junior Kian Canelas, who carded an 86 at the Friends Schools League Tournament at Rancocas Country Club and earned all-league honors. He also played well during matches and posted a low round of 38. Seniors Jalen Patel and Justin Patel are other key returners who consistently finished in the 40s during stroke play. Sophomore Skye Mada will look to build on an encouraging rookie season, and other returners are juniors Natalie Julian and Chris Little and sophomore Peter Tummarello.
OUTLOOK: The Foxes claimed the Friends Schools League championship for the first time in school history last year and compiled a 9-4 record. This is shaping up as another successful season.
PAUL VI EAGLES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior Kyle Pernell leads the returners for Paul VI after earning Olympic Conference National Division second-team honors as a junior. He was also the Eagles’ highest finisher at the Carl Arena Tournament and carded a season-low 43 twice during the regular season. Sophomore Jack Skiles came up huge in several matches last year, and if he can develop more consistency he will be one of the top players on the team. Senior Logan Fogerty is another veteran who will be counted on for leadership and strong performances during stroke play. The senior class also includes Brady Carlson, Jack Risse and Anthony Bonczak, while juniors Neil Sanchirico and Keegan Conklin are expected to contribute as well.
OUTLOOK: The Eagles went 10-10 in 2019 to double their win total from the season before, and the next step is compiling a winning record.
SENECA GOLDEN EAGLES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Seniors Jake Meyer and Cian Doyle form a dynamic duo for Seneca and are looking forward to their final scholastic season. Both made the Olympic Conference National Division first team last year and shot in the 80s at sectionals. Meyer also carded an 86 at the Carl Arena Tournament, the second-best round on the team, while Doyle had three rounds of 40 during the regular season. Senior Ryan Donnelly is also expected to be in the top four, and junior Nico Albano should continue to improve as an upperclassman. Juniors Connor Stanewick, Danny Doyle, Tommy Scafidi and Jack Cylc all have a chance to make an impact.
OUTLOOK: The Golden Eagles are coming off a special season in which they posted a 19-1 record and repeated as South Jersey Group II champions. Several top golfers graduated but the program will continue to set high standards.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jack Ross looked like anything but a typical freshman during his phenomenal rookie year. He captured the individual title at the Carl Arena Tournament, finishing 2 under par with a 70 at Valleybrook Country Club. He also took second at the Olympic Conference Tournament with a 76, earning first-team honors in the American Division. Ross capped the year with a 77 at sectionals to tie for eighth and it will be exciting to see what he can do as a sophomore. Juniors Patrick Frake and Reece Raley are other key returners capable of earning medalist honors during matches and contending in tournaments. Frake posted an 85 at the conference tournament to earn second-team honors in the American Division, and Raley carded an 86 at Carl Arena and an 85 at sectionals. Seniors Scott Minshall and Thomas Juliano both had rounds of 39 during the regular season and sophomore Andrew Parris is another contributor.
OUTLOOK: The Renegades bring back almost the entire roster from a team that went 13-4 and placed fourth at sectionals, so expectations are high. Ross also hopes to be in the mix at the major tournaments once again.
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP MINUTEMEN
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Washington Township is paced by a pair of senior standouts, Matt Hanzel and Colton Murray, who are poised for a big final season together. Hanzel carded a 75 to tie for fifth at sectionals and earned a trip to states, where he posted an 85. He also shot an 84 at the Olympic Conference Tournament to make the American Division second team. Murray’s 83 at the conference tournament landed him on the American Division first team, and he carded an 81 at the Gloucester County Tournament to place eighth. He was also the Minutemen’s top finisher at the Carl Arena Tournament with an 81. Senior Jason Leonard and sophomore Tom DiGiulio contributed during stroke play and will also be counted on this spring.
OUTLOOK: The Minutemen repeated as Olympic American champs, took third at sectionals and the county tournament and finished with a 15-2 record in 2019. They appear headed for another strong season, with Hanzel and Murray capable of winning individual titles.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cherokee graduated No. 1 golfer Morgan Hambrecht but is happy to welcome back a strong crop of returners. Junior Lauren Cotton leads the way after consistently performing well during matches last year. She posted a low round of 51 during the regular season—a score she matched at the LPGA Girls Golf High School Classic—and will look to dip into the 40s as an upperclassman. Sophomores Alyna Denisi and Savannah Kucker both shined as rookies and should only get better in their second year. Other experienced players expected to contribute are senior Emily Kotch and juniors Daniella Duenas, Riley McGory, Riley Eckert, Jessica Franklin and Zaneta Failbus. Junior Megan Wisenauer is a newcomer hoping to have an impact.
OUTLOOK: The Chiefs got out of the gates slowly in 2019 but found their way down the stretch, winning four of their last five matches to finish with a 5-7 record. Hambrecht will be missed, but there is enough talent on the roster for Cherokee to stay competitive.
CHERRY HILL EAST COUGARS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Cherry Hill East is debuting its girls program this spring and is fortunate to have one of the top female players in the area to build around. Senior Addi Mann claimed the overall title at the Camden County Tournament last year and competed at the girls state championships, carding an 83. She also tied for 11th at the LPGA Girls Golf High School Classic and consistently shot in the 40s during matches, with a low round of 41 on two occasions. Sophomore Grace Laird is another veteran from the coed team who should be a key contributor.
OUTLOOK: The Cougars hope to hold their own during their first season in the Olympic Conference, and Mann will surely be a player to watch at all of the major tournaments.
CHERRY HILL WEST LIONS
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Two standout female players from last year’s coed team graduated, so Cherry Hill West will have an entirely new roster for the inaugural season of its girls program. The good news is that there is plenty of interest, as five juniors and six freshmen have already signed up and are ready to learn the sport.
OUTLOOK: Coach Heidi Brunswick is excited for the Lions’ opening season and expects her young squad to make progress throughout the year.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Eastern will debut its girls program this spring and is thrilled to have a talented senior leader in Olivia Arculeo. She played for three years on the Vikings’ coed team and was a driving force in the creation of the female team. Arculeo carded a 47 to win the B flight at the LPGA Girls Golf High School Classic last year and also had a strong showing during the Camden County Tournament. During stroke play she fired a season-low 49 in a win over Timber Creek. A host of promising newcomers is set to follow her lead and they hope to make strides by the end of the year.
OUTLOOK: Coach Mitch Brown expects Arculeo to be a contender at the big tournaments and is encouraged by the interest shown by the rest of the players in the program.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior Brooke Kenney has enjoyed a memorable career at Kingsway and will look to go out on a high note this spring. The Gloucester County Tournament champion as a sophomore, she had another strong showing last year and placed second with a 44, one stroke off the lead. She also performed well during the regular season, posting a low round of 40. Olivia Heyer is another senior leader, while sophomore Molly Fitzpatrick placed 10th at the county tournament and Rebecca Sirko is also coming off a promising rookie campaign. Other key returners include senior Kennedy Ceilinski and sophomores Hailey Ambrose and Arya Patel.
OUTLOOK: With Kenney at the forefront of an experienced and talented roster, the Dragons are primed to improve on last year’s 4-9 record. Coach Jason Finlaw is pleased with the freshman turnout and is looking for the program to continue growing this spring.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Almost the entire roster returns for Lenape, led by seniors Brynn Foley and Julia Ergood, who tied for 11th at the Olympic Conference Tournament. They also led the way during matches, with Foley firing a low round of 41 and Ergood posting a 45. Regan King is another tough senior competitor who was Lenape’s top finisher at the LPGA Girls Golf High School Classic. Junior Alexandra Kahn is another upperclassman to keep an eye on, and sophomores Emily Farbaniec and Katie Skidmore both flashed potential as rookies.
OUTLOOK: The Indians were fantastic in their first official season, compiling a 13-2 record with their only losses coming to Moorestown and Seneca. Foley and Ergood will ensure another successful season in 2020.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Moorestown graduated an excellent crop of seniors but still has a solid core. Leading the returners is junior Carly Kramer, who competed at states as a sophomore and routinely posted scores in the 40s during matches, including a low of 45. Sophia Chesner will look to build on a promising rookie season in which she placed 10th at the Olympic Conference Tournament. Senior Teigan Balfour and sophomore Avana Giri are key veterans and other sophomores who contributed as freshmen are O’Neal Keegan and Jackie Grant. Moorestown looks to rebuild with a strong group of incoming freshmen who have been working diligently on their game in preparation for tryouts.
OUTLOOK: The Quakers went 11-2 and captured the championship in the inaugural season for the Olympic Conference. They also took fourth at sectionals and eighth at states. Although there are some big spots in the lineup to fill, Moorestown hopes to be in contention again.
PAUL VI EAGLES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Ella Van Schalkwyk is coming off a promising sophomore season in which she posted two rounds of 51 during the regular season. She has her sights set on dropping into the 40s this year. Sophomore Cara Colbert flashed potential as a rookie and is another key competitor. Juniors Grace Flocco and Madison Flynn competed in the GolfU Summer League and should continue to improve as upperclassmen, and Fiona Deitz is another junior to watch.
OUTLOOK: The Eagles won a pair of matches during their first season, and with many returners gaining valuable experience they should make strides in 2020.
SENECA GOLDEN EAGLES
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Seneca brings back a stellar No. 1 golfer in senior Kayla Gutierrez. She was usually the team’s top finisher during stroke play and posted a low round of 38 in a win over Lenape. She also took third at the Olympic Conference Tournament, fifth at the LPGA Girls Golf High School Classic and competed at states, carding an 85. Unfortunately, the Golden Eagles will be without junior Maddie Lawlor, who will miss the season with an injury. She made history by winning the first-ever Olympic Conference Tournament last year, posting an 81 at Medford Lakes Country Club. Seniors Devon Nippins and Maddie Dwyer and junior Arianna Haresign will also be counted on during matches, and other returners looking to make an impact are juniors Karlee Anderson and Katelyn Schreiber and sophomores Caroline Fish and Jenn White.
OUTLOOK: The Golden Eagles’ only loss during their first season of varsity competition came at the hands of Moorestown. With most of the roster returning, they have high hopes for this season, and it will be exciting to see Gutierrez vie for individual titles.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: A deep and talented crop of seniors is back to lead Shawnee. At the fore- front of that group is Quinn Delorme, who was usually the Renegades’ top finisher during matches and fired a low round of 41. Jessica Campbell is another key senior who had the team’s best score at the LPGA Girls Golf High School Classic, and she also carded a 44 during the regular season. Other seniors expected to have an impact are Mackenzie Reed, Julia Gilbert, Julia Dobis, Rebecca Chernoff, Olivia Summerville and Emily Wright. Sophomore Camryn Roth contributed as a freshman—she ended her rookie season with a 44 in stroke play—and should only get better in her second season. Freshman Emma Hare is a promising newcomer to keep an eye on.
OUTLOOK: The Renegades’ first official season was a successful one, as they compiled an 8-6 record. With all of the top players back in the fold, another winning season appears likely.
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