Look for a lot of new faces in Westminster High's golf lineup this fall.
You can start right at the top, where co-coaches Guy Stull and Jeff Ibex replace Dave Brown at the helm.
Other than seniors Dean Blankenship and Darren Marting, the team will mostly be comprised of unproven newcomers. That hasn't stopped the Owls in past years, and Ibex doesn't expect it to stop them this year.
"We had the largest turnout we've ever had, 25 kids, and it was the first year we unfortunately had to make cuts," Stull said.
Both Stull and Ibex feel the large number has provided healthy competition and will only make the team stronger.
"We have a lot of goodyoung golfers with the ability to shoot good golf; it's just a matter of putting it all together," Ibex said.
The Owls came close to putting it all together a year ago under Brown, with an overall recordof 13-1 and finishing third in the state tournament.
Gone from that team are four seniors who contributed greatly. Ibex and Stull willrely on the two returning seniors -- Blankenship and Marting -- and also must find some newcomers to step forward.
One promising golfer who hopefully will immediately contribute is junior Todd Dorsey, who played soccer for Westminster last year. He will join the two returnees as the top three golfers in the Owl lineup.
"Dorsey coming out gives us a big lift. The way he shoots, our top three should be able to shoot in the 30s (for nine holes), around par. They (Blankenship, Marting and Dorsey) look pretty solid," Ibex said.
"I'm expecting our four-five-six golfers to shoot in the low 40s. That will win a lot of matches."
Just who those four, five and six golfers will beis a question still unanswered. Along with junior returnee Justin Weller, the Owls have five senior newcomers, two juniors other than Dorsey in their first year and three sophomores.
"It's pretty wide open right now," Stull said.
"The first three spots are pretty much set, but after that we have seven or eight golfers who can compete inthe next three spots."
The countywide golf team -- which was opento players from the other four county high schools -- has disbanded this season because of problems organizing the squad.
Earl Hersh, the county supervisor of physical education and athletics, said thereis money in the budget for any school wanting to form a golf team.