Warriors return to the golf course

Published 8:23 pm Friday, August 10, 2018

With fall sports officially starting back up, the Warriors golf team is ready to get its season under way.

Nansemond River High School will have three matches in the first week. This year’s team will be different from last year, as this will be the youngest team Coach Brandon Frye has had in his tenure at Nansemond River.

The team graduated some of its top golfers last season with its No. 1 player, Jackson Lyons, heading to Virginia Wesleyan University. He had one of the more memorable seasons of a Warrior golf player in his senior year, but Frye is not worried about the void that will be left.  He has five players who will be playing for the first time this season but feels good about his team.

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“I am feeling pretty good as far as their work ethic goes,” Frye said. “We have some young players, and I’m liking their determination and work ethic right now. I’m hopeful for not only this season but the next three years as well.”

The Warriors will carry seven golfers this season, and for a team so young, Frye has kept his messages simple.

“I want them to learn from experience,” he said. “I have basically been telling them simple stuff for now like making sure they are always prepared.”

The teams in the Southeastern District have always been tough at the top. Along with the district schedule, Nansemond River will have its fair share of quality non-district opponents as well. They will face Landstown High School as well as Churchland High School, which they have faced in previous seasons. Frye said he’d be happy with the Warriors if they can keep a team score close to 400.

The Warriors are under no pressure to have a significant regular season, because all teams make the regional playoffs. He wants his golfers to go throughout the season making slight improvements every match they play during the regular season so that their confidence is built up by playoffs. The Class 5 Region A region has a lot of talent. Most of the golfers play year-around, and the region maintains some golfers who will likely play Division I golf. Nansemond River is hopeful to have built some confidence to make some noise in the regional playoffs as well.

Ayden Stuffle, Jacob Greening, Sam Wolfe, Greyson Fitzwater and Evan Neal currently round out the top five for the Warriors. Nansemond River will begin its season against Deep Creek High School, Landstown High School and Grassfield High School.