Boys golf · The Road to the WPIAL Championships: Depth

As the Trojan Golfers prepare for next week’s semi-finals we look to the depth of the roster. Senior Michael Shumaker. Michael has been with the team for four years, and continues to work to improve his game. He quietly shows up and goes out and practices with his teammates. Michael’s quiet demeanor brings a calmness, especially this year, which has been anything but normal. He is an excellent example of sportsmanship. You never hear him utter a negative word.

Twin Brother’s Jonathan and William Hugus (juniors) started the season sharing the number six spot in the roster, and they played a key role in the team going deep into the season without a loss. Even their averages were nearly identical, with Jonathan holding an ever so slight edge on his brother. They show up and get down to business.

Sophomore’s Owen Hammers and Chase Sheffler also provide depth. This season has been unlike any other for many reason’s, but perhaps the most difficult thing about it was the fact that teams were traveling with only six players due to Covid 19 meaning that those who would normally have playing opportunities in a 7, 8 or even 9 & 10 position didn’t get those opportunities. It says a lot about all of these young men that they continued to work, and practice without any complaints about playing time. This group of young men, 11 in all, had each other’s backs all season long and one common goal, that had no room for selfishness, and that was to defend the Section 2AA Title, and return to the team pool, but it doesn’t stop there, they want to make it back to Cedarbrook and play in the finals again this year.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about the Trojan Golf team with my series The Road to the WPIAL Championships. I’d like to take a moment to thank the Latrobe Elks, our home course, Pro Craig Yutzy, the Elks #907 Governing Body, and its members for allowing us the privilege to play on one of the nicest courses in Western PA.