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JOHNSONBURG â€“ What the 2011 Johnsonburg golf team lacks in depth, it appears it will make up for it in talent this season with early-season success.
The Rams have just six players on their roster but the Rams went out and shot a blistering total of 199 in its first match against Brockway. Johnsonburg coach Matt Myers said the team lost two players to injury during the off-season and two players who decided to play football.
â€śIâ€™m really happy with the guys I have. I think weâ€™re going to be tough,â€ť Myers said. â€śThey put in a lot of work over the summer. A lot of guys played competitive golf in the Penn-York League. Calvin, Luke and J.P. compete in that league. They were at the golf course three to four times a week. They are playing really well and thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m looking forward to the season.â€ť
Calvin Christoff was third after the first day of districts last season and opened the season with a 38 at Brockway. Luke Shreffler had a 39 in his season opener.
â€śCalvin had a really good districts, he was tied for third after the first day,â€ť Myers said. â€śWith his play and I think Lukeâ€™s right behind him there, I think theyâ€™re going to be a tough 1-2 combo.â€ť
Nathan Burgeson shot a 39 in the season opener and senior J.P. Allegretto also figures to be in the mix, shooting a solid 46 in the season opener.
Cameron Grumley was the medalist in the teamâ€™s season opener, carding a 35. â€śCameron Grumley is extremely tough,â€ť Myers said. â€śHe is just a talent, an athlete. Oh, man, heâ€™s playing really good right now. Heâ€™s shooting in the mid-30s, high-30s every time he goes out. Heâ€™s going to be the missing piece if he can throw in some really good rounds, weâ€™re going to be tough to beat.â€ť
The full roster for this season consists of Nathan Burgeson, Luke Shreffler, J.P. Allegretto, Cameron Grumley, Calvin Christoff and Sterling Elmquist.