"I am very excited about the 2006 golf season," said CHS Golf Coach Lance Parnell. "We have our entire team back from last year. Our four seniors have worked very hard to improve their game and have been good leaders for our younger golfers so far this spring.
Three of the four seniors are the golf team's returning starters. They include: D.J. Meadows, who received first team All-Conference and All-District honors in 2005; Dylan Vogt, second team All-Conference and All-District; and Derek Neill, second team All-Conference and All-District.
These three seniors also qualified for the state golf tournament with strong performances at the district tournament. Meadows was the area's top finisher, placing 23rd at state.
The squad's returning lettermen include: senior Kory Bollinger, juniors Jake Rader and Steven Gerleve; and sophomores Laith Hayward, Ryan Stockton, Kyle Mills and Clint Reed. Other members of the squad include Pate Shumaker and Josh Stubblefield.
Top prospects that are expected to have impact on the team are junior Brandon Banks and freshman Taylor Vandzant.
"Our district is very tough," said Parnell. "Carthage will host the district tournament this year, and they return several golfers from a very good team last year.
Republic won our district a year ago and will be very strong along with Monett, Carl Junction, and Webb City.
"The Big 8 Conference will also be very tough," continued Parnell. "Mt. Vernon won Class 2 state last year and Monett, Carl Junction and Aurora will all have strong teams. From top to bottom, our conference has some very good golfers."
Dick Worman will be the assistant for coach Parnell. Worman has been helping Parnell with the golf team for the past two years.
"Worman is an unbelievable asset to our golf program," Parnell said.