Wyoming Area golfers Nick Rydzewski, Courtney Melvin and Zack Mulhern return to the Warriors lineup this season.photo by josh horton
There is one thing in particular which has Wyoming Area golf coach Gordon Williams very excited about the upcoming season.
The second year Warriors head coach only lost one key part of last year’s team, Stan Yanik. Other then losing his No. 5 golfer from last year, Williams returns many players who have had experience starting on the links in the Wyoming Valley Conference.
Among the returning starters is senior Nick Rydzewski. He will be Wyoming Area’s No. 1 golfer this year and will be a big part of any success Wyoming Area will enjoy this season.
Rydzewski was the only Warrior to make an appearance in last season’s District II Individual Boys Championship tournament. He carded a 96 as a junior and should get a chance to compete in the post-season tournament this year as well.
“Nick is our No. 1 right now,” Williams said. “He keeps getting better and will be a big part of our team this season.”
He may have been the only male member on his team to make the District II Championship Tournament, however, he was not the only from his team to earn the right to compete.
Courtney Melvin burst onto the Wyoming Valley Conference scene and was a huge part of last year’s Wyoming Area squad. She was one of two girls from the Wyoming Valley Conference to compete in the District II Championships.
Melvin finished 11th overall in the tournament as a freshman. Williams marveled about how much she has improved over the summer and expects her to play a huge role on this year’s team as a sophomore.
“Courtney improved by about five strokes over the summer and if she keeps improving by five strokes every year, she will be under par by the time she is a senior,” Williams said with a chuckle.
Zack Mulhern returns for his junior season and will take the helm at the number two spot playing matches along side Rydzewski.
Conner Mangan will also play a bigger role this season than he did last season.
“Conner really stepped it up this year,” Williams said. “He played a lot over the summer and should do good things for us this season.”
Among other players Williams expects to see time in the starting lineup are, Jake Wysocki (junior), Collin Herron (sophomore) and Mike Carey (junior)
Rounding out the Wyoming Area roster is, Evan Ryder (junior), Jude Polit-Moran (freshman), Mike Kolessar (freshman), Sal Polit-Moran (junior), and Samantha Williams (freshman).
As for matches Williams is looking forward too? There is no surprise when he mentioned the Cross-River Rivalry between the Warriors and the Pittston Area Patriots, and his team’s opening match against Coughlin on Monday.
“Obviously they (Pittston) have a team filled with great players,” Williams said. “With the exception of them (Pittston) and Redeemer, I think we can do very well against the rest of our schedule.”
After a disappointing 2-8 record last year, Williams believes his team is much improved. So improved, he has set a goal of seven wins for his squad this season.
“In terms of record, I’d like to have seven wins. That’s a pretty steep goal,” Williams said. “Not undefeated, but with a little luck on our side seven wins is doable.”