Senior leadership should benefit WLHS golf team
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., Apr. 28, 2011
Clubs in hand, the Windsor Locks High School Raiders golf team recently took to the front nine at Copperhill Golf Club in East Granby. Eager to get in the first swings of the season, coach Daniel Copes and his team hit the driving range with the first signs of spring.
“I see our greatest strength this year as senior leadership,” Copes said. “Three of the five starters are seniors. In 2010, we graduated three seniors and ended the season at 5-11 overall, 2-9 in league. My goal is to end this year with a team differential below 40 and place within the top six in the league tournament.”
Reinforcing the importance of proper form, smart play and patience, Copes recognized the team’s weaknesses. “Consistency; that’s the number-one area we need to improve,” he said. “We shot anywhere from 169 to 205 last year. I would like to narrow that to the 170s and 180s, tops.”
The Raiders have received encouragement from both the WLHS staff and their home course. “Our athletic director, Jim O’Brien, has done an excellent job of ensuring we have all the equipment and practice/playing facilities we need,” the coach said. “Copperhill has also been extremely cooperative and accommodating to us, as well as the other teams that play there. Since coming under new ownership, it has improved every year I’ve been coaching, and is a great place to play.”
A team of eight young men - Mike Drangenis, Ryan Paul, Chris Bole, Chris Toce, Nick Duby, Tyler Kenney, Colin Eversdyke and Sean Partridge - the Raiders are happy to be on the course. Senior Ryan Paul summed up the team: “I like coming out with a bunch of guys who just like to play and appreciate the game as much as I do.”
Windsor Locks High School Golf Team Head Coach Daniel Copes
Number of seasons with this team: 3
Seniors: Mike Drangenis (Captain), Ryan Paul and Chris Bole
Season ahead: “My overall goal for the team this year is to achieve a .500 record,” Copes said.
May 11 vs. Enfield(Away – Cedar Knob)
May 16 vs. Canton(Home)
May 18 vs. Stafford(Home)
Mike Drangenis – Senior: “Mike has really become an asset to our team,” Copes said. “His scoring and leadership have been vital in a lot of the success we have experienced in the last two years I’ve been the coach, and I look forward to that continuing throughout this year.” Drangenis started playing golf in fifth grade. He plans on attending Manchester Community College to study health science. Additionally, he plays soccer for WLHS.
Ryan Paul – Senior: “Ryan has shown significant growth since last season, and in our first match he medaled, along with Mike, with a 38,” coach said. “This improvement is outstanding and provides us with two senior leaders capable of shooting well.” Paul, a four-year golfer, plans on attending the University of Connecticut and studying landscape architecture. “I have a passion for the game,” he said.