After a five-year hiatus, the Smyrna High golf team is back at Garrisons Lake. On March 24, the Smyrna golfers were victorious as they hosted their first home match at the refurbished Garrisons Lake Golf Course, which reopened in the fall.
After a five-year hiatus, the Smyrna High golf team is back at Garrisons Lake.
On March 24, the Smyrna golfers hosted their first home match at the refurbished Garrisons Lake Golf Course, which reopened in the fall.
The Smyrna High golf team used to play its home matches at Garrisons Lake, but when the course closed down about five years ago, the golf team moved its home matches to Maple Dale Country Club in Dover.
At one point, plans were in place to turn the Garrisons Lake Golf Course into a housing subdivision, but the state purchased the course, renovated it and reopened it to the public.
The Eagles’ return to Garrisons Lake on March 24 was a victory. Smyrna outshot Lake Forest 175-188 during a chilly afternoon.
Smyrna’s Chris Sapp was the medalist with a five-over-par 41. Alex Rector shot a 43, Tony Berryman 45, Connor Hamburg 46, Tyler O'Neal 49, and Billy McKee 50.
Smyrna was scheduled to host another home match against Laurel the following day, but the match was postponed due to weather and rescheduled for April 6.
Smyrna High golf coach Jay Keleher said the team is excited to play at Garrisons Lake this season.
“You feel more at home,” he said. “It’s easier to get down here.”
The challenge of playing at Garrisons Lake could also strengthen the team.
“Garrisons Lake is a long and difficult course that requires your full attention in order to score well,” Keleher said. “Playing here will serve us well when we travel to shorter, less difficult courses.”
Keleher also said that the head professional at Garrisons Lake, Barry Dear, has been doing a great job of working with the students.
Smyrna High has an exceptionally large group of golfers this year with 22 students on the golf team, including a couple girls.
Chris Sapp (Sr.), Alex Rector (Jr.), Tony Berryman (So.), Connor Hamburg (Jr.), Billy McKee (Sr.) and Tyler O’Neal (So.) held down the top six spots for the Eagles at the start of the season.
Coach Keleher added that Cody Broomall (So.), Jalyn Mack (So.), Matt Storck (Jr.), Conor Brewer (Fr.) and Jessica Carl (Sr.) are all well within reach of sliding into one of the top six positions.
“The entire roster has improved nicely over a short period of time in less than favorable weather conditions,” Keleher said. “If this team stays on track and continues to improve, we could be one of the stronger teams in the Henlopen Conference.”