Veterans return to building hopes

Goose Creek Memorial head golf coach Raymond Patrick is in his 13th season in charge of the school’s golf program and the only one in its history to date.

Things haven’t always been easy and this spring will be another challenge as the girls get started Monday at Clear Brook while the boys tee off Feb. 12 at Chambers County.

“We were in a tough district last year with Friendswood and Santa Fe finishing in top two for boys and Friendswood got three teams out for regionals,” Patrick said.

He will have his top boy and girl back from last year as Trace Jacobs and Kaia Redus are in the fold after finishing in the district’s Top 20 standings before being denied spots in the Region 3 tournament.

But there is plenty of other talent Patrick can count on Braxton Hippard, Jeremy Holman and Zach Scott.  Newcomers are Brandon Rupp and Kurt Clark will also be back for the boys who could make more waves behind the veteran core.

The girls team will be buyoed by transfer in Isabelle Salazar who could provide some quality beside Redus as the girls team contimues to develop its depth.

“The district is pretty strong and difficult to get out to regionals, but I am hoping for Trace and Kaia to have good springs and compete for a spot at regionals,” Patrick said. 

Friendswood should once again be a formidable foe on both sides of the competition while Galveston Ball will be a another threat in District 22-5A, according to Patrick.

Santa Fe is also another squad that could make waves when district competition heats the next couple of months.

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