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  • Spring sports preview - Augusta boys golf

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  • It may or may not seem like that big a deal, but Augusta’s boys golf team is thrilled about it. Coach Keith Conrady got a little giddy talking about it.
    The Orioles finally have depth. Plenty of it.
    Augusta’s numbers are higher than they’ve been in several seasons, and a lot of that is because of the large group of freshmen that came out to compete.
    “I am very thrilled,” Conrady said. “Seeing all of those freshmen come out is very encouraging, and that just tells you that our junior golf program is paying off.”
    The freshmen, led by Kade Trebbe, don’t want to just come out to practice, either. They are going to be pushing the handful of returners. It might take some time for them to find their bearings, but the upperclassmen are expected to be able to handle the workload.
    “We really need those guys to step up early and improve,” Conrady said of his returners, “...because if they don’t, some of these young freshmen are going to be pushing them.”
    The Orioles’ lone senior, Trevar Bevan, has high expectations for himself and the team.
    “We can be really good. I definitely expect the state tournament,” Bevan said.
    Bevan said his goal is to lead the team in scoring on a consistent basis. Bevan said he can rely on his short game, but in order to improve, he wants to get better from the tee box.
    “Definitely my driving, hitting it where I want to hit it,” Bevan said.
    As the only senior, Bevan is fine being that leader to help the younger guys improve their game.
    “Most of them are pretty cool. We all get along really well,” Bevan said.
    Another top returner is Breck Winter. Now in his third season, he’s tired of seeing the Orioles just come close. He wants to see his team take the next step.
    “Every year I’ve gone to Regionals, we’ve missed the cut by just those two, three, four strokes,” Winter said, “and I really want to get to that state tournament this year. I think with this team, I think that’s well within reach.”
    Winter is kind of the opposite of Bevan. He wants to improve his short game of putting and chipping, but feels confident off the tee.
    “When they’re on, they’re on,” Winter said about his drive.
    Page 2 of 2 - Other key returners are Jacob Urmacher, who showed signs he could be a consistent scorer for the team, and Connor Spellman.
    Jake Becker also figures to be a key contributor. He already led the team in the Orioles’ season-opening meet Tuesday with a round of 82 for 10th place at the Andover Invitational. Between them and the several upcoming freshmen, there is a lot of potential with this year’s Oriole squad.
    “The biggest thing ir probably competition. There’s more of us within range of each other, so we’re all trying to get better and beat the next better ahead of us,” Winter said.
    Winter shot an 86 to take second on the team. Bobby Bisagno shot an 94, Trebbe and Bevan shot 95s while Urmacher shot a 96 at Andover Monday.
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