By Scott Springer Community Press / Photo by Geoff Blankenship
KENWOOD - Moeller High School golf coach Dan Dunlap has taken notice of the PGA tour players of late. The days of "The Walrus" Craig Stadler, Ian "Fuzzy" Woosnam and the ill-fitting shirts of John Daly are gone.
Starting with the regimen of Tiger Woods, more and more golfers are long and lean and do more training with dumbbells as opposed to drinking with them in the clubhouse. Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are just a handful of golfers now that look like the chiseled mannequins at Dick's Sporting Goods.
So, with Dunlap's Moeller squad missing out on the state tournament with an 11th-place finish at the Division I district tournament at Beavercreek, the first-year coach will focus his second-year on more off-season training.
"We need to get tougher as a team," Dunlap said.
The Moeller coach points out that before Tiger Woods, Gary Player was the fitness freak on tour, back when Arnold Palmer was sneaking cigarettes and Jack Nicklaus bore a closer resemblance to "The Golden Bear."
"He's what, 80-years-old and still does like 1,000 sit-ups," Dunlap said. "There's been fitness in golf for years, I just don't think it was talked about until Tiger came on tour. You go up and down and see the best golfers now. Go to YouTube and watch Dustin Johnson's workouts. Jason Day's legs are as thick as tree trunks."
The objective would be more strength and flexibility for the Crusaders. In addition to the power it can give them behind the ball, it should also add to their stamina. With high school golf beginning in the dog days of August, just walking 18 holes in 90-degree heat can be taxing for five straight hours.
Moeller did have a good sectional outing at Glenview Oct. 4, qualifying for districts with Loveland, Mason and Lakota East. Seniors Nick Benza and Stone McCall shot 76 and 78, respectively. Juniors Guillermo Villa, Cam Lloyd and Cam Iuni were at 80, 81 and 86.
Benza and McCall were captains and low scorers on the year for the Crusaders. Dunlap will be looking for capable replacements for them in his starting quintet.
"Guillermo Villa and Cam Lloyd were second team all-league as juniors, so I'm looking for those two to make a big step in leadership roles next year," Dunlap said. "Cam Iuni is the only one on our team now that has played in two straight district tournaments. Zach Hanson was our sixth man, so four of our top six were juniors and that should help."
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