The Lyons Township boys golf team missed qualifying for state by one stroke last year. The Lions, who also won four invites in 2008, have turned the page towards the promise of a new season.

“We always have three goals which are to play with dignity, have fun, and compete with the best,” LT coach Mark Doyle said. “If we do all three – that makes for a successful season.”

The Lions’ lone returning state qualifier, Kyle Mulcahy (shot 165 at state), leads a solid group of golfers including Tomas Venclovas, Austin Lusson, James Feiler, Kevin Workman, T.J. Slivey and Kevin Carlson.

“The boys have really worked hard to prepare for the season,” Doyle said. “They have played a tremendous amount of tournaments this summer which should really help.”

Hinsdale Central, the state runner-up last year, is the preseason favorite in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference. Lyons, Glenbard West, Oak Park, Downers Grove North and York all could be factors in conference.

LT girls golf ready to roll

While Hinsdale Central is also the clear favorite to capture the girls conference title this year, LT coach Brad Anderson is very excited about the Lions’ potential on the links.

“We hope to be in the mix for conference,” Anderson said. “Since we have some young players, a lot will depend on how we improve during the season.”

Much of the LT success will hinge on the performances of seniors Kyle Hopwood (sectional qualifier) and Emily Rohan, along with juniors Alyssa Lies, Maggie Jacobson and sophomore Katie Ellis. Madeline Gosz and Lyndsay Purpura are expected to contribute as well.

Hopwood typically scores in the 90-93 range, while Rohan is capable of posting in the low 90s thanks to an excellent short game. Jacobson gets great distance off the tee, and the promising Ellis finished No. 1 in tryouts.