By SCOTT COTTOS
Three is definitely not a crowd for Fostoria High School’s golf team.
In fact, having only three members of the golf team does not allow the Redmen to register team scores in the early-season tournaments in which they’re playing, nor would they score in upcoming dual matches.
Brian Oestreich, who this season is sharing the coaching post with 2015 FHS graduate Robby Crotty, hopes to add at least one more player in the near future. But Oestreich said the team will carry on with however many players they have.
“You can still compete individually,” he said. “We’re just trying to get them to get better. We’re trying to improve and hoping they have enough fun with it that a few more will come out next year.”
The 2016 Redmen finished sixth among eight teams in the Northern Buckeye Conference, both overall and in the conference meet. The linchpin of that group, Trey Yates, finished third in the NBC meet last year and qualified for the Division II district meet. Oestreich said Yates has been helping to coach the returning players before heading off to study at Bowling Green State University.
Oestreich said one benefit of coaching a small group is the allowance of him and Crotty, who is also a BGSU student, to devote more time to individual instruction.
“I think they’re getting better,” Oestreich said of his golfers. “I’m pleased with the improvement in the older guys.”
Fostoria’s two veterans are juniors Jacob Counts and Trey Groves, both of whom lettered last season but did not frequently factor into the team’s four lowest-scoring players in competition.
Oestreich said Stultz, who is brand new to the sport, is also making strides.
“He’ll get there,” Oestreich said. “You know how it is when you’re new to a game. It’s rough. But he has the right mentality for it.”
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