After losing three seniors off last year’s squad, Russell County Laker boys’ golf head coach Charlie Anderson said his team is ready to “reload,” not rebuild.
“I told our players, we lost three seniors from our team last year, so [opponents are] expecting us to be down and not be as good,” he said. “But we just reloaded this year. I’ve got a lot of high expectations.”
While this team doesn’t boast as many upperclassmen as last season, there is still plenty of varsity-level experience among the returning players.
The Lakers have one senior, Bentley Perkerson. Anderson said Perkerson is coming off an “exceptional” year in 2021 and expects an even better performance this season.
Perkerson was an all-region performer, won two invitationals, and qualified for the Kentucky 2A and Kentucky Golf Coach Association state tournaments as a junior.
Russell County has two sophomores on this year’s squad, Kole Rixon and Parker Johnson.
Anderson said Rixon was a starter on last year’s squad and “has improved his game quite a bit” and Johnson has some experience at the varsity level.
“I’m looking for both of them to do big things for us,” Anderson said.
The varsity squad is rounded out by two freshmen, Daylon Blevins and Noah McMillin
“They have had an amazing summer of golf,” Anderson said.
The Lakers also have two middle schoolers competing this year.
Anderson said seventh-grader Landon Bryant and sixth-grader Josiah Dudgeon “will both be counted on as far as [junior varsity].
“The future is looking bright with those two,” he said.
The Lakers’ first match of the season at Metcalfe County was canceled on Monday, but they are still scheduled to play in three matches this week.
“I’m really excited for this year’s golf season,” Anderson said. “We’ve got our goals in place for the year and our work towards those goals [has started].”
This year’s schedule is posted below.
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