Charleston won’t have state qualifier Preston Phillips this season.
Phillips, who posted the fourth best score at last year’s sectionals, decided to transfer to St. Anthony after a successful sophomore season at CHS, where he also earned all-Apollo honors.
But the Trojans still boast a young, talented boys golf squad that includes a middle school state champion.
“We are not going to be able to replace his (Phillips’) experience and leadership,” said CHS coach Scott Dow. “Some of our younger, less experienced golfers will have to step up this year to have another great season.”
Incoming freshman Hudson Meister, last year’s IESA state tournament winner, should help ease the transition. Meister carded a 69 at the IESA State Finals to win the state championship by one stroke.
He will be joined by Alex and Andrew Kuykendall, who have played “more golf than I thought possible,” according to Dow.
Plus, Zach Craig and Jackson Logue can each break 80 at times for 18 holes. “They will have a shot to advance at the end of the year,” Dow said.
Zach Craig and Rhyland Brady have shown the most improvement, so far, Dow said.
Seniors Judah Bryant and Azie Brazzell are also expected to battle for varsity spots.
“Every year our goal is to get to state and that will not change this year,” said Charleston boys coach Scott Dow.