Lindgren is eager to see his younger players in action. Northwestern opens today against Marion at Meshingomesia C.C.
“With the poor weather we’ve had, we haven’t had a lot of consistent practice time. We’re going to be very unpolished for a few weeks until we get our stride down,” he said.
Northwestern plays its home matches at Green Acres G.C.
“The new owner, Brad Oliver, is very gracious and very helpful,” Lindgren said. “He really encourages kids’ membership. He has lowered membership prices this year for the kids to get more kids out there because he sees youth as very important for the longevity of golf.”
The Comets return three players from their sectional lineup — senior Matt Wylie, junior Isaac Hanny and sophomore Spencer Day. Wylie shot a team-best 85 in the sectional. Eastern finished eighth in the 12-team field.
Wylie also led the Comets in the MIC tournament last year with an 84.
Senior Logan Cowell also is back for Eastern and senior Riley Shaw, junior Chase McMain and freshmen Conner Zirkle and Will Hensley are new to the mix.
“We’re looking at the four [returning players] and Chase and Conner for our Nos. 1-6 positions in some fashion. The other two are fairly new to the game,” coach Mike Hamilton said, noting it’s still early in practice.
Wylie will anchor the lineup from the No. 1 spot with Hanny likely filling the No. 2 spot.
“Matt is a seasoned veteran and Isaac can play so I’m pretty comfortable with those first two, but then as far as positions, I’m just going to see where we go after this week,” Hamilton said.
Eastern opens today at Peru, then has two more matches this week.
Eastern has a new home course this year. The Comets join Western and Taylor in calling Chippendale G.C. home.