By JAMIE BAKER
There may be a few growing pains for Findlay High School’s girls golf program this fall.
Not only is the school breaking in a new girls golf coach in Brittany Holub, it will have a lot of new, young faces on the golf course as well.
Holub will be the program’s fourth head coach in four seasons as she takes the reins from Jordan Fields.
Holub, a Solon High School graduate, played three seasons in high school after a physical therapist made the suggestion to her over worries about ACL tears suffered in basketball.
“When I decided my sophomore year at Ohio Northern to switch from business to education, my dad said it was OK because then I could be a golf coach. That was always a dream of his,” she joked about her dad, Don, who is Solon’s recreation director and is in charge of Grantwood Golf Course in the city.
“I didn’t play growing up but I decided to give it a try, got some lessons from my cousin and I love it.”
Holub will be looking for some of her younger players to step up after the Trojans graduated their top two golfers from last year’s team that posted a fourth-place team finish in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference.
The Trojans lost one of the best players in the school’s short history to graduation. Chloe Holliday earned first-team all-conference honors twice and second-team all-TRAC awards two more times during her career.
Holliday shot a 78 in the TRAC Tournament at Stone Ridge to place second behind medalist Molly Bennett of Toledo St. Ursula by a stroke. She also advanced to the Division I district and finished 13th.
Classmate Carson Kouns also graduated. She was the Trojans’ No. 2 golfer and earned a spot on the all-TRAC second team.
This year’s team is young, extremely young. Four experienced varsity players do return for the Trojans, with a roster that includes one junior, three sophomores and seven freshmen.
Junior Cameron Heiserman ., and sophomores Sydney Eynon, Abby Powell and Cate Rummel played varsity a year ago.
Most of the returning group struggled as freshmen. Their early-season results show that they have all made progress and Holub likes what she’s seen from her young team so far.
“They are doing great. The returning players are all making great progress,” said Holub, a first-year reading teacher at Whittier Elementary.
“Honestly, I can relate to them. I wasn’t the greatest golfer in high school or college. But I tell them each stroke is an opportunity to get better. When you hit a bad shot, you just have to move on and be better on the next one. That’s the way we are trying to approach things.”
Eynon was Findlay’s No. 3 golfer a year ago and has stepped into the No. 1 spot this season.
Holub likes the way Eynon approaches the game each day.
“She has a positive attitude and is excited to be on the course every morning,” Holub said. “She shows great strength in her game and is always looking to get better.”
Freshman Libby Holman has gotten off to a good start to her career as the No. 2 player in the lineup. Rummell, Powell and Heiserman round out the top five for FHS.
Freshmen Lexi Leslie, Audrey Aldoy, Baylee Shoemaker, Isabella Nigro and Lydia Weigand round out the FHS roster.
Numbers have improved for the program. Findlay will field a junior varsity girls team for the first time.
That’s a trend Holub wants to see continue.
“One of our goals is to get more girls involved and I think we can do that if we’re able to grow our JV program. We’re trying to get more junior high girls involved, too,” Holub said.
“They don’t have to be the greatest golfers to play. As long as they enjoy playing and have a positive attitude, that’s what we’re looking for.”