Athens golf expecting strong season

By: Christian Davis | Troy Times | Published April 12, 2016

 Senior Jay Vora tees off in a recent practice. He’s one of four seniors coach Dan Cooper is counting on to lead the team.

Senior Jay Vora tees off in a recent practice. He’s one of four seniors coach Dan Cooper is counting on to lead the team.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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Dan Cooper has a feeling that something special is on the horizon for the Troy Athens golf team.

The Red Hawks won the Judson Invitational Scramble March 31 for the second year in a row, and while Cooper said the season didn’t go as planned following the victory last season, something is different this time around.

“We won it again, and I think the difference this time is our senior leadership — it’s phenomenal. These guys, they all really care,” Cooper said. “More than any senior class I’ve seen in my 10 years at Athens, they’re just a great bunch of guys.”

Captain Dennis Volostnykh leads the class. He averaged 78 for 18 holes last season and missed qualifying for the state final by one stroke. Cooper called him one of the top 10 golfers in the state.

“He’s going to get noticed. I have a good feeling about him peaking this year,” Cooper said. “Dennis is dedicated and loves the game. That’s the difference between kids that are good and kids that become All-State. He does school work and he does golf. It’s starting to show in the results.”

Volostnykh is in his third year as the team’s No. 1.

“He can play with anyone,” Cooper said.

Senior Adam Goodes is also a captain. He was partnered with Volostnykh in the Judson scramble, shooting 62.

Jay Vora and Justin Fortney make up the rest of the class. Junior Adam Cowper and sophomore Grant Weidman round out the roster. 

The Red Hawks compete in the Oakland Activities Association White Division with the likes of Auburn Hills Avondale, Berkley High, Farmington High, Oxford High, Birmingham Seaholm and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek.

Cooper sees his squad as one of the favorites.

“It’s because of these seniors that I do. We should be right there, right in the midst,” he said. “I’ve taken the attitude of let’s assume that everyone is good. … We have to show up every day, and I’m getting that from this bunch.”

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