The Harrison boys golf team looks to continue to build on its post-season success the last two years into the finish of the 2017 season.
In 2016, the Raiders won regionals and qualified for state for the second year in a row.
After an 11th-place finish in 2015, Harrison finished seventh in 2016.
The team plans on retaining the NCC Championship along with its sectional and regional championship.
Though the Raiders lost key 2016 core players like Grant Brettnacher, Jack Newton, and Tanner Skiles, players like Cole Bradley, Neil Hart, Pete Newton, and William Long have stepped up.
Bradley won the individual state championship in 2015 and is looking to win a second state championship in his last season before he starts his career on the Purdue University golf team next season.
With Bradley’s experience comes leadership.
“I try to have the best attitude I can, and I try to be a team player and treat everyone well,” said Bradley. “I also help some guys with their game.”
The team has put in quite a bit of work to get ready for the season despite some early season obstacles.
“Despite the lack of practice time on the range, because of the weather, the team is working very hard as they try to take their negatives and make them into positives,” said head coach Dave Schneider.
Throughout the winter, the team has been using Purdue’s indoor golf facilities for practice.
Freshman Nic Hoffman has made a strong impact on the team this year as he has been shooting near the top of the team in nearly every match or invitational so far.
The Raiders got off to a great start by beating 15 other teams in the Harrison Invitational with a score of 319 and Bradley shooting a 73 and being a medalist.
A week later, the red hot raiders won the Twin Lakes Invitational with a score of 316 and Bradley again shooting an amazing 73 and winning medalist honors.
Harrison also won a three-way meet between two local teams in Twin Lakes and Central Catholic.
Most recently, the team slid a little but still finished in sixth with a score of 340 at the Midwestern Classic at Lake Central that had a slew of good teams that competed.
Bradley continued his consistent shooting by scoring 73 for a third time this season.
While the invitationals are great to win, they gave the team experience for the post season tournaments.
“It really just helps get us ready for competition and pressure,” said junior Pete Newton. “It’s more experience in getting us ready.”