Boys team has its sights set on a berth in the state tournament

CHS BOYS GOLF RETURNING LETTERMEN. From left: Christian Barto, Justin Shaw, Bryce Ferrell, Emmett Davis and Drue Moore.

Veteran Coach Chris Barto says the outlook for his 2017 Carrollton High School is “strong” and has the golfers to back it up.

The Warriors finished the 2016 campaign 15-11 overall and 7-5 in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference.

Senior Christian Barto, who qualified for district play in 2016 and received the low season average and putting awards in 2016, returns to the team. He was a first team NBC and Eastern District selection and had the lowest scoring average in the NBC. He was also a scholar athlete.

Senior Bryce Ferrell, a two-year letterman who received honorable mention honors in the NBC and Eastern District, and qualified for district play in 2016 also returns.

Other returning lettermen include seniors Emmett Davis (two letters) and Justin Shaw (one letter) and junior Drew Moore (two letters). Davis and Shaw were both NBC scholar athletes. Shaw received the team’s rookie award last year and Moore was the most improved golfer.

Barto said sophomore Jimmy Birong has joined the team and will probably play varsity based on his early qualifying scores.

Chayse Marmo, a senior, has dramatically improved his game, according to Coach Barto. “He has only played golf one year,” Barto said. “He is a great athlete and has picked up the game quickly.”

The team lost three golfers, all lettermen, to graduation. They include Clay Pigeon, Skylar Flanagan and Samuel Atkinson.

Barto said the team improved its record from 2015 to 2016 and expects his senior golfers to provide leadership.

“Christian played 20 PGA junior events and local tour (First National Bank) events and has tremendously improved his game from last year,” the coach noted. “We expect him to shoot in the 30’s every night.”

Several other seniors have worked hard to improve their golf game during the off-season.

“Our focus this year will be on individualizing each golfer’s practice sessions based on data each golfer will collect during practice rounds and matches,” Coach Barto explained. “This should ensure our growth and success. Our senior leadership will be key in our current and future success with the underclassmen on the team.”

The team moved to Division II in the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), which Barto said is to the team’s advantage.

“We expect to qualify for districts and hopefully make a team appearance to state this year. Our move to Division II should increase our chances of making that happen,” Barto noted.

He sees the Warriors and the Marlington Dukes as two teams who will compete for the NBC title this season.

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