Hawks take another swing: a golf preview

Brendan English

As the world’s greatest golfer, Happy Gilmore, once said, “Tap tap tap it in.”

As the school year begins, fall sports and activities come into full swing. Football kicks off, volleyball is set into motion, cross country hits the ground running, field hockey checks in and cheering flips into action. Meanwhile, on the golf course, the Hawks golf team has been teeing off since the beginning of August.

After one of the greatest postseason runs in Hanover golf history in the 2016-2017 season, the golf team is looking to continue their display of dominance in the postseason this time around as well. In 2016, the Hawks were led by Ward Wilkinson, who now plays division one golf at the United States Naval Academy. Robert Martin and Mason Cox were also a big part of the Hawk’s run last season, both who have moved onto college. However, this year’s squad consists of three returning starters and all six of which were a part of the team last year.

This time around, the Hawks are led by seniors Jimmy Hill and Jack Proctor, both who have been playing golf since freshman year. The duo are followed by a strong lineup of juniors Christian Dyer and Robert Patina, freshman Andrew Wilkinson and also senior Bella Seip who has carved herself into the lineup very well this season. With the loss of coach Chris Pace, who took a job at Massaponax High School in Spotsylvania county, the team hired new head coach Hunter Hoy. Coach Hoy has been around Hanover for quite some time and previously helped coach the three time state champion baseball team at Hanover.

The Hawks started off the season looking strong and confident, despite the youth and new additions to the starting lineup. They were able to pick up a couple of county wins early on against the Confederates of Lee Davis and the Patriots of Patrick Henry. On September 13, Hanover completed the 4 match sweep of Lee Davis by a score of 165-175. The Hawks were led by Hill who shot a 39 and Proctor who shot a 41.

The Hawks will look to carry the recent momentum into regionals and beyond in the coming weeks. The biggest matchup for Hanover will be conference rivals Monacan and Midlothian.

Senior captain Jimmy Hill had this to say when asked about what he could do as a leader heading into regionals.

“I need to get the guys focused and getting good practices in from now until regionals.”

The Hawks currently stand at 16-6 in the regular season before they move onto sub regionals at Dogwood Trace on September 25.

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