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Friday, May 03, 2019 1:00 am

Cavaliers driven to reach state finals

ELIZABETH WYMAN | The Journal Gazette

After the first three days of lackluster workouts at the beginning of golf season, the Canterbury boys golf team held a meeting.

“We kinda had a discussion of 'do you guys want to make it to state and make June 11 the goal,'” senior golfer Carson Stohler said he asked the team. “We showed up that fourth workout and that changed the momentum.”

That goal to still be golfing on the first day of the state finals at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel resonated with the team.

“The grind with them is very important,” coach Nikki LeRose said. “We've set one goal since the beginning of the year and that's to make it to June 11. They work well together, they keep each other on their toes, they grind everyday and it's more like a brotherhood than just a regular team.”

Canterbury had a strong showing last season, finishing fifth at the Warsaw regional. The Cavaliers picked up where they left off last season, winning the first invitational of the season at East Noble (304), with Stohler taking the medalist spot in a playoff.

Stohler's performance as well as leadership has been an asset for LeRose in her first year as coach,

“I'm new to the team and he's been someone I've been able to lean on and communicate with the guys and make sure the expectations are there,” she said.

Stohler, who's committed to playing golf at Hillsdale, said he has a list of goals on his mirror. One of them is being to make the top five in every competition this season.

“Each tournament I've had a chance coming down the last 6-7 holes to win, which has been exciting,” he said. “That's the tough part about golf you give yourself that many chances – four chances – and I've only won once, but I'm feeling pretty good.”

With Stohler at the No. 1 spot, Camdyn Cobler plays the No. 2. The Saint Francis commit has also had a strong showing thus far despite poor weather all spring sports have dealt with.

“The conditions have been tough for everyone in the state, so nobody's been able to play up to their potential,” Cobler said. “I'm excited for when the weather gets better to see what the teams in the area will shoot.”

Joey Shaklik has emerged at the No. 3 spot.

“Coming in as a sophomore he's done great things,” LeRose said. “He's working hard, bringing the competition and he's a young'un. The seniors want to stay on top and Joey kinda pushes them.”

Shaklik said his biggest improvement has come off the tee.

“I've gained a lot of distance since last year, which has really helped,” Shaklik said. “I've always been a pretty good iron player.”

The Cavaliers won the Canterbury Invitational on Saturday, defending their crown from last season.

LeRose said the four seniors – Stohler, Cobler, Kennan Baldus and Nathan Lassus – make up a big part of what Canterbury is trying to create.

“What's nice about the senior class we do have is they are leaving that legacy of this is how we practice at Canterbury, this is our wok ethic, this is the brotherhood, this is what our goals are,” LeRose said. “And everything we do in every essence is to meet those goals.”

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