The 2014 season marks a big step forward for the girls golf program at Aurora High School.

Building upon last year's successful 10-3 match record and third in the Chagrin Valley Conference, the girls have come out in record numbers. There are 15 girls on the team, more than double last year's total.

The team is led by five returning players, four of whom are seniors. They are Asia Lerner, Erin Grohe, Erin Murphy and Sydney Shock. Lerner and Grohe were first team and second team, respectively, in the CVC last season.

Also returning is sophomore Gia Leone, who was a constant contributor, according to coach Noah Goodman. New to the team are freshmen Carolyn Hurley, Grace Caito and Kenzi Myers, and sophomores Emily Botfa, Isabella Cosentino, Brittany Griffen and Elyse Mulvaney.

In addition, two juniors -- Paige Berger and Arin Cabi -- and senior Claire Mulvaney round out the newcomers. "The new girls come in with various experience levels," said Goodman.

The coach said he "loves the work and effort I've seen so far out of everyone. It seems as though everyone wants to do what they can to get better and more experience. With this many golfers hungry to play well, the outlook for the lady Greenmen is positive now and for seasons to come."

In last week's Chagrin Valley Conference tournament, the Greenmen placed fifth with 399 strokes, behind Kenston (355), Independence (359), Hawken (384) and Perry (394). Grohe led the locals with an 18-hole total of 88.