VANDALIA — The Butler boys golf team has the potential – if the injury bug will quit biting – of being one of the best teams in the Buckeye state this season.
Zach Crawford, who missed a berth at State a year ago in a playoff, returns as does Gannon Godsey, who just returned to play after shoulder surgery. Freshman Austin Greaser is also expected to contribute once he gets a cast removed after breaking his thumb. AJ Lawrence has also been playing very good golf and is in the team’s top tier.
Nathan Skinner, Daniel O’Leary, Jack Herbst, and Dalton Gaskins have been fighting to fill the void. In high school golf, six players compete with the top four scores being tallied.
“Nathan Skinner has really stepped up and is working really hard,” said Butler golf coach Scott Hadder. “He shot the best round of his life a few days ago.”
Hadder is in his first year as the boys coach and says that once the Aviators overcome the injury bug, they will be really good.
“We are going to have a good season,” he said. “I’ve got some really good players. “Right now we aren’t at full strength,” Hadder said. “Once we get at full strength, I think we have a chance to win the GWOC and make a run at state. Our top four golfers, when healthy, are among the top four golfers in the state.”
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.