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Trojans ready to take to the course

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Fairfield’s Megan Higgins watches her shot during the district tournament last season.
Union file photo Fairfield’s Megan Higgins watches her shot during the district tournament last season.

FAIRFIELD — The action has stalled on the spring sports season but the Trojan golf teams are ready for what hopes to be a close-to full 2020 golf season.

The Fairfield boys return six players from last season, two juniors, two sophomores and two seniors. The team does lose it’s second-best scorer from last year, Jackson Weaton, who graduated in 2019.

Junior Brad Smithburg is the leading returner for Fairfield this year after leading the team with a 43.25 nine-hole average last season. Smithburg is joined by sophomores Evan Haines and Nate Smithburg, fellow junior Jeremy Crile and seniors Josh Brewington and Drake Rippey.

Freshman Max Weaton, fresh off a hot start on the basketball courts, should be right in the varsity mix this year. Head coach Mick Flattery says Weaton would have been one of the low scorers for the team as an eighth-grader.

Flattery says the team could make some noise in the Southeast Conference as long as everybody lowers their scores. He says Washington and Mt. Pleasant should be in the mix due to bringing back a good amount of experience.

The Fairfield girls bring back just two golfers from last year’s squad, seniors Megan Higgins and Lindy Kaska. The Trojans will have to count on some of their newbies to fill the squad this year.

Freshmen Viola Welsh and Myah Twohill have been practicing with the high school team since they were in seventh grade. Coach Joe Kruzich says he’s excited to see what they can do now that they are eligible to compete.

Coach Kruzich tabs Washington as the easy favorite in the SEC as well as in Class 3A. He says the addition of Burlington also will throw an interesting wrinkle into the mix.

Hopefully for Trojan golf fans the spring weather will bring in sunlight, health and a few golf meets before the end of the season.