Central boys golf looking to take next step this season
GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks Central boys hockey team was the definition of the word dominant this winter, not losing a game in winning a third straight title.
This spring a core of those players look to repeat that success only in a different sport.
"It’s a great feeling as a coach to have every single starter back," Central boys golf coach Josh Cichy said.
Finishing the last two seasons fourth at state, the Central boys golf team already has a solid foundation to build off of, but this season feels different.
"We are a lot more confident in our game," Knights senior golfer Cole Hanson said. "Last year and the year before we were a little inexperienced and now we should do some real damage."
Central is no strangers to the spotlight. Every golfer on the Knights' roster plays hockey and a majority of them played on Central's team that went undefeated and won a third straight state championship. So when the sun shines bright on them on the course, these Knights thrive.
"That helps with their composure and their mentality out there like it doesn’t matter, nothing is going to rattle me and I like that about this team," Cichy said.
Their bond shows at practice where they keep it light.
"It's consistently chirping each other. If someone hits a bad shot, they are going to know they hit a bad shot," Central junior golfer Brandon McGarry said.
"We know what we can do and we know what we are capable of, but we are not going to put too much pressure on ourselves," Cichy said. "We are going to have fun while we do it."