They lost only one key player to graduation.
They have their largest team in recent memory.
Yes, it’s safe to say the Greenmen girls are rather thrilled about the upcoming season.
Noah Goodman certainly is.
"We have a pretty deep team," the 10th-year Aurora head girls golf coach said. "They have a variety of experience. A lot of them have been playing for awhile and some are playing for the first time on a course. We’re in a good spot."
The Greenmen finished 2-3 in American Conference matches, third in the Suburban League American Conference preseason tournament and sixth in the Suburban League postseason tournament.
Aurora won’t have individual matches with conference rivals this season. The Suburban League will feature four tournaments that include all 15 teams from both conferences. Those four competitions will determine how each team finishes in conference play.
Goodman doesn’t mind the change of scenery.
"It saves us matches throughout the year," he said. "It doesn’t force us to schedule an extra match. It allows us to take care of our Suburban League obligations."
Aurora’s lone graduate from a year ago is Julia McGarry, who certainly held her own on the links. McGarry was the team’s No. 1 player a number of times. She is now playing for the John Carroll University women’s golf team in University Heights.
However, the Greenmen have their No. 1 player, at least when she was healthy, back in the mix.
Senior Olivia Traci returns after missing much of last fall with a shoulder injury.
"We’re looking forward to having her back and healthy," Goodman said of Traci.
Aurora had another player lead the team at least few occasions last year. Left-handed sophomore Anjali Mishra saved her best for last and earned second-team All-American Conference honors.
"Once Olivia got hurt, Anjali played some of the best golf on our team," Goodman said. "She still has a tremendous amount of upside."
Other returning players are sophomore Emily Pierce and senior Grace Caffoe.
"Emily played in a lot of summer tournaments," Goodman said. "Grace was our most improved golfer last year."
Goodman also welcomes first-year sophomore player Kayla Tejada, who is already making a good impression on her coach.
"Kayla looks like she can help us right out of the gate," Goodman said.
Last year, Aurora’s Division I postseason experience lasted one day. The Greenmen prefer to stick around a little longer this fall.
"We want to try to become the team that gets out of sectionals," Goodman said. "We’ve been close. We’re going to do everything possible to make it to districts. Different teams make it to districts every year. I don’t see why we can’t be one of those teams."
Aurora is scheduled to make its 2019 debut at one of the four Suburban League tournaments Wednesday at Brookledge Golf Club in Cuyahoga Falls. Play is set to begin at 9 a.m.
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