HARTINGTON — Cedar Catholic has some big shoes to fill if it wants to earn another Top Five State Tournament finish this season.
The Trojans may have graduated three of their best players in Nick Lauer, Cody Klug and Brett Klug, but they tee off with five returning letterwinners this season.
“Those three were all on varsity for four years and were the heart of our team for the last two seasons,” said Cedar Catholic Coach Mike Johnson, who has been at the helm of the golf program here for 13 years.
The team is expected to be led this year by senior letterwinners Jason Wintz, and Tyler Leise and junior letterwinners Kyle Klug, Seth Howell and Josh Anderson. Coach Mike Johnson, in his 13th season as Cedar’s head coach, said his team will have to work hard if it wants to be successful.
“Kyle Klug has been on varsity since he was a freshman, so we’re looking for him to continue to improve this year and most likely take over the number one spot on varsity,” Coach Johnson said.
Tyler Leise and Jason Wintz have both been on varsity each of the last two seasons, and we’ll be counting on them for senior leadership during the season,” Johnson said.
Johnson said Seth Howell, Josh Anderson, and Eric Kruse will also be in the hunt for varsity positions.
“I really like our underclassmen this year. Several of them have tremendous talent and could find themselves in the mix for varsity. It’s been awhile since we’ve had to replace this many players on the varsity level, I’m looking forward to seeing these young men develop into good golfers during the season,” Johnson said.