The Adams Central boys golf team has qualified for the state tournament five of the last six years. It has also been represented by at least one golfer at the state meet for seven straight years. Despite the winning tradition the Patriots have established, head coach Don Lyons knows AC will be tested this season.
"This year, we're going to be awfully young and without much experience," Lyons said. "I'll be honest with you, for us to make it to state this year, it'll be an outside shot, at best."
Adams Central returns just one varsity golfer from last year's Class B state qualifying team in sophomore Ashton Graham. Last season, Graham began as the team's No. 5 golfer, but by the end of the year, he moved his way up to the No. 3 and, sometimes, No. 2 spots. Lyons is expecting a good year from Graham, which is credit to his work ethic and the relationship he had with last year's senior group.
"I have to hand it to the four seniors from last year that played on the varsity. Those guys were good kids, and they really took care of him and tried to include him in everything they did on the course," Lyons said. "On the course, those kids made him feel welcomed."