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Clarksburg High School’s golf team, which was 13-5 last fall in the Kyle Division, has high expectations under fourth-year coach Cliff Elgin. The Coyotes should have a clear-cut No. 1 player in Nick Infanti this fall. Andrew Kostecka, Brandon Liu and Ryan Free also return. St. John’s College High senior transfer Justin Diggs should also eontribute.

“Nick and Andrew are both two-sport guys for us,” Elgin said. “Nick had an excellent season last fall, qualifying for states as an individual. Nick plays baseball for us, but he’s a much better golfer. But our main goal is to qualify for states as a team.”

After finishing with a 10-7-1 record in the upper Yachmetz Division last fall, Quince Orchard High School’s (Gaithersburg) golf team will look to improve this fall.

Fourth-year coach Richard Doane said the team’s average score has dropped from 214 to 197 last year.

“This is a talented senior class,” Doane said. “Each year they’ve gotten better and perhaps this year we can peak during the postseason and challenge teams such as [Thomas S.] Wootton, Walter Johnson, [Walt] Whitman and [Winston] Churchill.”

Quince Orchard should rely on senior Colton Christianson (36.1 stroke average), Ryan Levy, Jared Swick, Jordan Swick and Claudia Edell to complete its top 5 scores each match. Doane also expects Sam Feldman and Jared Goldstein to contribute.

“It just comes down to consistency,” Doane said. “Colton, Ryan and Jared are always right around 36, 37, so it comes down to what the other three players can do.”

Fourth-year Gaitherburg High School golf coach Randy Bender remains cautiously optimistic that the Trojans can improve on last year’s 7-11 mark and post a winning record this fall.

Gaithersburg, which plays in the Kyle (middle) Division, should have a senior-laden group this fall. Jaime Smith, who was the team’s second golfer last fall, is expected to be No. 1 this season. Seniors Nik Keres, Connor Bol and Cal Holman complete the returning quartet while juniors Grant Mixell and Shawn Freshley will join the starting group.

“I really expect us to be somewhere in the middle of the pack again,” Bender said. “We probably could have won two or three more matches last year and that’s the goal this year. We would like to have a winning record this season. These guys were freshmen my first year and each year they’ve improved. We should be right there with Damascus — those matches are always close.”

Walter Johnson won the Yachmetz last year with a 17-1 mark and returns five starters while league runner-up Walt Whitman (13-5), two-time defending state champion Wootton and state runner-up Churchill represent a formidable top 4.

“We’re in the toughest division in the best league in the state,” Doane said. “It would not surprise me if Montgomery County teams finished first and second again in the state championships.”

Whitman sophomore Graham Hutchinson (35.5) was the county’s regular season scoring champion last fall and Wootton junior Delaney Shah emerged with both the girls’ and co-ed district titles.

Col. Zadok Magruder seeks to repeat in the Kohut (lower) Division. Seneca Valley was 6-9 in the Kohut last fall.

tblack@gazette.net