The Falcons have another young squad under coach Scott Barber this season.
Only two returning upperclassmen were lettermen last season — senior Joe Paolillo and Matt Barber.
They’re joined by returning sophomores Tyler Mylish, Marshall English and Matt Licate.
For Barber, in his 21st season with the Falcons, the key for his team is to keep the ball in the fairway.
“Keeping the ball in play at all times (is key),” he said. “My players need to realize that keeping their shot in the fairway is more important than hitting the driver off the tee.”
Looking to contribute for Barber as well this season are juniors T.J. Rosipko, Todd Murray and freshmen Jenni Toms and Hayden Simmons.
As far as the AAC is concerned, Barber feels he has a strong grasp on who’s at the top of the class.
“Newton Falls and Girard are the teams to beat,” he said.
Coming off a strong 13-5 season in which the Dragons finished second in the PAC with a 13-3 record, coach Jim Hood is looking for similar success behind the strength of his top three returning players from last season.
Back are seniros Anthony DeGeorge, Colton Mukina, Ryan Applebee and junior Kramer Getce.
Hood, entering his 10th season with the Dragons, said their key to success lies on playing smart golf.
“Team success for us is to focus, play smart and make good decisions,” he said.
Also looking to contribute this season are upper classmen Calab Garcia, Zack Schosslor and Josh O’Block as well as underclassmen Anthony Acierno and Brodie Giddings.
Hood believes Riverside should be favored in the PAC while there are plenty of other contenders behind the Beavers.
“Riverside is the favorite, they have all players back from last year,” he said. “At this time it seems like the other teams seems to be close in talent. But in the PAC who knows.”