NEW MADISON – The Tri-Village Patriots boys golf team has high expectations going into the new 2020 season under head coach Logan Brubaker.
Coach Brubaker is a 2008 graduate of Tri-Village where he played golf his freshman and senior years while playing four years of basketball for the Patriots. Brubaker teaches junior high and high school English at Tri-Village.
The Patriots golf team is a combination of veteran as well as young players with the team made up of four seniors; Dylan Holsapple, Aiden Collins, Hunter Gilpin and Nick Varvel, no juniors, seven sophomores and freshmen rounding out the squad.
“We are a combination,” Brubaker said of his team’s experience. “This is by far the most I have ever had – we have 13 guys.”
“You don’t want to put a lot of pressure on the guys and raise our expectations too high but at the same time we do hold ourselves to high expectations,” Brubaker said 2020 expectations. “I think this is the first year where I can confidently say that we should be near the top.”
“Dylan Holsapple and Aiden Collins have been two awesome senior leaders,” noted Coach Brubaker. “Dylans fouth place finish last year and he has had an incredible summer. I look for Dylan to do really big things this year. He’s a kid that I hope people take notice of and I think Aiden Collins has a chance to follow suit with that as well.”
Coach Brubaker looks for a good season playing in the final year of the Cross County Conference.
“There are still the juggernauts, the Arcanums, the Miami Easts, those groups, but I think we have a chance to make a run at it,” Brubaker stated. “We have really good senior leadership. Dylan Holsapple is coming off a fourth place finish (2019 CCC) and Aiden Collins has shot some good numbers this summer.”
“We have a group of sophomores,” added Brubaker. “They have had a really good summer so hopefully we can contend, relax, play our game and put ourselves near the top and have a chance when it comes tournament time.”
As with all high school sporting programs heading into the fall season, golf is also feeling the effects of COVID-19.
“Obviously there are some things about touching the flag stick, not raking bunkers, socially distancing and temperatures and all that stuff at the beginning of practice,” said Brubaker. “We have to be much more aware in following the safety procedures and such. It hasn’t affected us like other sports but it definitely has affected us.”
PHOTO CAPTION: The 2020 Tri-Village Patriots boys golf team and Coach Logan Brubaker. (Gaylen Blosser photo)