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Viking golfers optimistic headed into 2012 season

Forest Grove sophomore Hannah Swanson hopes to repeat as medalist at the district tournament

Forest Grove golf coach Bobby Rymer has been a PGA professional since 2008 and currently serves as one of the golf pros at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course in North Plains.

Knowing the game of golf as well as he does, Rymer understands that a successful shot starts long before one of his golfers begins their backswing.

'I strive to give them all the information I can give them as far as how they should be gripping the club and standing up to the ball before they even make a golf swing,' Rymer says.

'Of course I want to help them make a proper golf swing as well. I want to give them enough proper instruction so they can see quicker improvement, more positive results and to really be able to enjoy the game because they're doing it correctly.'

Forest Grove has six girls out for the golf team - one senior, one junior and four sophomores, all of whom played last year. The Lady Vikings will be led by Hannah Swanson, who won last year's Pacific Conference district tournament as a freshman and finished 11th at the Class 6A state tournament, held at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell.

The Forest Grove girls began the 2012 season well, winning the Forest Hills Invitational earlier this month.

'That was a nice little accolade to start the year,' Rymer says.

The Forest Grove boys team, led by Drew Robinson, has 10 golfers on the roster this year - two seniors, one junior, one sophomore and six freshman.

'Those freshman, a lot of them are new golfers. They've played a little bit before, but nothing competitively,' Rymer says. 'Some of them had not even played 18 holes until they got out onto the golf team this year.

'But, we've got some veteran players who have been around for a couple of years and a few boys capable of shooting in the 70s.'

Right now, as far as the Pacific Conference goes, Rymer thinks that the Viking girls and boys teams will both fall somewhere in the middle

'We're probably middle of the pack,' Rymer says. 'But, there's room for improvement for both the girls and the boys.'

Regardless of where the boys and girls teams finish, Rymer's main concern is that his golfers learn a skill that they can take with them the rest of their lives.

'My goal for both teams is really to just give them something they can take with them down the road,' Rymer says. 'It's been a lot of fun so far this year and we're looking forward to more good things to come.'




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