Golf team looking for a new No. 1

Age can be deceptive at times.

A cursory glance at the South Kitsap High School boys golf roster reveals just that. Marcus Lacey, Timmy Myers, Jeffrey Proctor and Hayden Ritter are seniors.

Tyler Carpenter and Lucas Robinson are juniors, and Michael Lacey is the lone sophomore.

Sounds like an experienced group, right?

South coach Sean Duttry warns against being fooled by the numbers, though. Especially since five seniors graduated off last year’s team.

“We had a few guys battling for that last roster spot,” said Duttry, referring to last season. “This year, they’re competing for the top spot.”

That would be the elder Lacey and Proctor. Both have competed throughout the season to try and replace Joel Schenfeld as the Wolves’ top golfer. Schenfeld, who graduated last spring, tied for 18th among 42 competitors with a two-day total of 148 at the Class 4A state championship.

“It’s been fun moving up the ranks that much,” Proctor said. “We’ve been competing a lot with each other. It’s going to be pretty close throughout the year.”

Duttry called the two “about equal.” Both are realistic about replicating Schenfeld’s production, but yearn for the challenge.

“He was a great player, he worked really hard and it’s going to be tough to fill his shoes,” said Lacey, who has advanced to the second day of the district tournament the last three years without advancing to state. “I want to be the number-one guy to hope to fill his shoes.”

South was undefeated in Narrows League play a year ago, but enters spring break with a 1-3 record. Despite the slow start, Duttry likes the makeup of his team.

“For the last 10 years, I’ve always had the guy who’s looking to play college golf and is a solid number one,” Duttry said. “It’s more of a balanced team from top to bottom this year.”

Duttry said his team has played “the hardest part of its schedule” and he feels the they will close strong. His players share similar sentiments.

“We’ve got off to a slow start, but I think we can win the rest of our games,” Proctor said. “We’re starting to get stronger and more depth.”

And while Duttry said there’s no certain state qualifier as Schenfeld was, he believes several players have the potential to get there.

“Realistically, any one of the six guys can qualify for state if they play well at districts,” he said. “Joel could qualify for state with an off day (at districts). If these guys play well, they could sneak in.”

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