Alex Williams, Eric Gilbert (above) and Logan Hoover represented the Elizabethtown golf team at the Lancaster-Lebanon Golf Championship held at Honeybrook Golf Club on Monday, Sept. 25.
Williams, the lone freshman on the team, was the Bears’ lowest scorer in the regular season (100.3) and carried that into the championship match. He carded a 97, which was his fourth lowest score of the season. His score was good enough for 64th. Coach Dave Kline was complimentary of Williams and what he saw all season from the team’s youngest player.
“I think he is going to be one of the stalwarts as we go forward. He’s got some poise. He’s starting to think better after a year on the team,” Kline said.
Gilbert, a sophomore, finished two strokes behind Williams for a 66th place finish. The 99 was the third time that he shot below 100. Three of his final four matches resulted in a score under 100. The strong finish to his season provided Kline with more excitement for what Gilbert may be able to accomplish in the future.
“Eric has been the most consistent player on the team. He’s matured. He’s learning how to play better under pressure,” Kline said.
Hoover, the lone senior on the team, finished his high school career with a score of 101 and a 68th place finish. In the regular season, Hoover averaged 101.5 shots per match. That is the same exact average that he posted in the 2016 season. The leadership that Hoover demonstrated throughout the 2017 season is something that will be missed next year, Kline said.
“He’s a natural leader. Logan has been the leader of the team all year long even though he hasn’t led the team in scoring. He led the team in terms of motivating kids, being a team leader, getting them together and keeping them together. Kids look at Logan and they respect Logan. He was there standing up for the team and leading the team,” Kline said.
While Hoover’s leadership and overall ability will be missed by the Bears next season, Kline is excited to see the team’s nucleus return and play another season.
“[Connor] Krisko, Gilbert and Williams almost had the same average throughout the whole season. Those three like each other, respect each other. We need a couple to step up next year,” Kline said. “We continue to improve. This was a good season. We won more this year than last year. We’re getting better and getting more confident, but we have a long way to go before we’re true contenders.”