The Adair County Indians golf team will feature several new faces in 2022.
Nick Coe is entering his first season leading the program, and the roster has turned over as well. The Tribe is young — boasting six sixth graders and a seventh-grader — but also talented. Garrett Tucker is the team’s only senior.
“We’ve got a really young squad, but a good squad to build on,” Coe says. “We also have some guys that are pretty experienced there in the sophomore and junior range, as well as a freshman in J.T. Loy. They’re still young, but they’re experienced enough to be good role models for my younger kids.”
Coe says that what some of his golfers might lack in experience, they make up for with their effort, attitude, and work ethic.
“I’ve got a lot of great kids, coachable kids, and kids that are eager to learn,” he says.
Competition for the five available spots for varsity matches should be intense. Sophomore Jagger Kemp currently has a tight grasp on the No. 1 spot, but several players will contend for the other four spots.
“The lineup will probably change quite often because I’ve got six or seven guys that are going to be fighting for those top five spots,” Coe says. “My varsity roster is going to be Jagger Kemp, Kaden Greene, Bodie Richard, Ethan Froedge, J.T. Loy, Garrett Tucker, and Graham Robertson.”
A longtime swim coach, this season will mark Coe’s first coaching on the golf course. He relishes the opportunity.
“I’m really enjoying it,” he says. “Golf has always been my passion, the game I’ve played the most. I started when I was 6 years old, and I’ve been hooked ever since.”
There are still a lot of question marks surrounding this year’s Indians golf team. The program struggled last season, and with a new coach and several new players, nothing is guaranteed. Coe says his focus will be more on development than wins and losses.
“This year, I just want to see growth,” he says. “With us being young and this being my first year with them, I want to get them in the norm of what they’re going to be seeing, how practices are ran, how I approach the game of golf, and just getting them used to that. We also want to drop their averages, learn to play percentages rather than just hit it as hard as you can.”
“My goal is for them to get the mental side of the game down just as much as the physical,” he adds. “I’m excited about this group and can’t wait to see how they develop.”
The team’s schedule and roster is below:
Aug. 16 at Green, vs. Green and Hart
Aug. 18 at home, vs. Green and Hart
Aug. 20 at Franklin, Wildcat Invitational
Aug. 22 at Casey, vs. Casey
Aug. 23 at home, vs. Russell
Aug. 25 at home, vs. Cumberland
Aug. 27 at Franklin, Wildcat Shootout
Aug. 29 at home, vs. Metcalfe
Sept. 1 at home, vs. Casey
Sept. 6 at Russell, vs. Russell
Sept. 13 at Hart, vs. Green and Hart
Sept. 15, at Cumberland, vs. Cumberland
Sept. 19 location TBD, Region Tournament
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