IR golf finishes satisfying year, looks for showing at states

As Indian River’s golf team rounds out the season, first-year head coach Paris Mitchell is pleased with the way the team has come along. Three consecutive wins last week, against Cape Henlopen, Milford and Seaford, helped bring the Indians to an 8-6 record on the links.

Indian River showed no signs of weakness as they produced an eight-stroke margin over Milford, winning 182-175 at Cripple Creek, without the aid of one of their starters. Connor Vanderhook finished as a medalist, breaking into the 30’s, with a 39 finish on the day.

Junior Will Mullikin, who was attending a funeral that day, returned two days later to help take down Seaford for the away match. Both River and Seaford had yet to give up a game in the Henlopen South.

The Indians proved triumphant, winning by seven strokes, finishing 184-177.

“We started getting some consistent scores out of the guys,” said a satisfied Mitchell. “We’re getting ready for the Henlopen Conference match now, and it’s looking pretty good.”

The season has been a rather fulfilling one for the team, as most players have managed to progress the since the beginning.

“Matt Tribbett, a freshman, has become a regular starter on the team,” said Mitchell. “He’s really come a long way since the start, and is probably the most improved. He usually scores in the low 40’s. I started to put him up with Connor, and he seems to follow his lead.”

Mitchell has plenty of skill to look forward to next year, as the majority of the team will be back on the courses for IR. Paul Silveira is the team’s only senior.

“We’ve used three of four freshmen on the varsity starting team and have given them some good experience,” Mitchell stated. “We will likely have all four playing as starting sophomores next year.”