Warrior golf team draws 22

These seniors and letter-winners will anchor the Warrior golf team this season: (from left) Austin Molleker, Adam Kjellin and Jade Corona. Not pictured: Jacob Matz.
These seniors and letter-winners will anchor the Warrior golf team this season: (from left) Austin Molleker, Adam Kjellin and Jade Corona. Not pictured: Jacob Matz.
This season marks the third consecutive year athletes from Marion and Peabody-Burns will combine for Warrior golf. They will do so this year under the guidance of first-year coach Topher Rome.

Rome has been at Marion six years, where he serves as a high school English teacher and Scholars Bowl coach. This is his first stint as coaching golf.

Last season, the War?riors finished third as a team in the Heart of America/Wheat State League tournament. This year, they will compete without graduated senior Brent Buller, from Peabody-Burns.

Twenty-two athletes grace the roster, led by three returning letter-winners: seniors Jade Corona and Austin Molleker from Marion and Jacob Matz from Peabody-Burns.

?Jade is kind of steady, consistent leadership,? Rome said. ?Jade and Jacob both are. They are going to be (our) one-two punch every single time.

?Austin is sort of a glue guy. He?s also a wild card. You never know when he?s going to end up leading the team with a score.?

Sophomore Zach Stephey from Peabody-Burns also returns.

?(Zach?s) got a lot of potential,? Rome said. ?He?s the guy who will end up carrying the mantle because every other one of them is a senior. He?s sort of that bridge guy for us between this year?s team and next year?s team.?

Rome will look to a handful of newcomers to contribute. Marion senior Adam Kjellin joins the team for the first time, as do juniors Jarrett Johnson, who played golf as a freshman, and Ezra Darnall.

Freshmen Devin Soyez from Marion and Jadyn Burke from Peabody-Burns may also be asked to step in.

?We?ve got a good mix of kids who could be really good,? Rome said.

While the Warriors will need to improve their short game, he said, they display strength from long range.

?We?ve got pretty good ball striking across the board,? Rome said. ?They tend to be pretty good tee getting close to the green. It?s when we get within about 50 yards of the green that we pick up a lot of our strokes.?

Consistency will be key.

?We?re still working on consistency across the board, but if we hit that?if every part of their games would just gel?they could score really well this year,? Rome said.

The Warriors were scheduled to open the season at Herington April 5 and will compete in Newton at a meet hosted by Remington April 21.