Published On: Mon, Mar 9th, 2015

GOLF:  Braves looking forward to good year

The 2015 Braves golf team is shown (left-right) back row: Justin Brady, Steven Straughan, Simon Montelongo, Lukus Woodard and Christian Ensley; front row - Trevor Cagle, John Lossiah, Holden Straughan and Head Coach Andrew Maney.  (AMBLE SMOKER/One Feather photos)

The 2015 Braves golf team is shown (left-right) back row: Justin Brady, Steven Straughan, Simon Montelongo, Lukus Woodard and Christian Ensley; front row – Trevor Cagle, John Lossiah, Holden Straughan and Head Coach Andrew Maney. (AMBLE SMOKER/One Feather photos)

 

 

By AMBLE SMOKER

ONE FEATHER STAFF

 

Excitement is building around the upcoming 2015 Cherokee High School men’s golf season as the team welcomes a promising new crop of young talent to compliment the familiar faces of the 2014 NCHSAA Regional qualifiers from last year.

“I’m excited about the season,” said Head Coach Andrew Maney.  “There’s a lot of promise in the guys returning from last year.  We’ve only had a couple days of practice, but from what I see, it looks like they have gotten better.”

“I feel like we can be competitive in the matches we play and win a few for sure.  We’ve made it to Regionals over the past few years, and I feel that is definitely something we can achieve again.”

The team looks to build on the success of the past several years with the lofty expectations of returning to the state tournament with returning juniors Christian Ensley, Steven Straughan, and sophomore John Lossiah.

“I feel like Christian Ensley can be the 1 or 2 guy most matches,” related Coach Maney.  “When he’s on his game, he can play really well.  He’s hitting the ball further now and worked to improve his game in the offseason.”

Coach Maney continued, “Steven Straughan was a first year player last year, and it looks like he’s improved his game as well.  John Lossiah has also been working hard on his game, and I feel like there is a lot of promise in him.  These guys took the offseason seriously and got themselves better.”

“I’m looking forward to the new guys too, especially when you see freshman come out and they have a good swing about them.   They’ve been playing a little bit.  It looks like they’ve got a pretty good swing and they can only improve.”

Simon Montelongo  12th grade Fav Athlete: Kevin Durant

Simon Montelongo
12th grade
Fav Athlete: Kevin Durant

Justin Brady 11th Grade Fav Athlete: Lebron James

Justin Brady
11th Grade
Fav Athlete: Lebron James

Steven Straughan 11th Grade Fav Athlete: Luke Woodard

Steven Straughan
11th Grade
Fav Athlete: Luke Woodard

Christian Ensley 11th Grade Fav Athlete: Ricky Fowler

Christian Ensley
11th Grade
Fav Athlete: Ricky Fowler

John Lossiah 10th Grade Fav Athlete: Carr Crowe

John Lossiah
10th Grade
Fav Athlete: Carr Crowe

Lukus Woodard 10th Grade Fav Athlete: Steven Straughan

Lukus Woodard
10th Grade
Fav Athlete: Steven Straughan

Holden Straughan  9th Grade Fav Athlete: Carr Crowe

Holden Straughan
9th Grade
Fav Athlete: Carr Crowe

Trevor Cagle 9th Grade Fav Athlete: MJ

Trevor Cagle
9th Grade
Fav Athlete: MJ

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