WATERFORD - Waterford's No. 1 golf spot is expected to be up for grabs when practice begins at the Lakeside course in Beverly at 3 p.m. today.
Brandyn Offenberger had been the top Wildcat for four consecutive years until he graduated this past spring.
He now will be swinging and putting at the college level at nearby Ohio Valley University in Vienna, W.Va.
"It's tough losing a kid like Brandyn, but I think he's going to do well at Ohio Valley University - and we wish him the very best," said Waterford golf coach Josh Arnold. "Right now, there's going to be a battle for the top spot on this team. Our qualifying rounds may be more exciting than our actual matches."
Also missing will be Montana Brooker, who has elected not to play Waterford golf this season.
Arnold has a nice group of golf returnees, though, in senior Randee Seevers, junior Brent Ginther, and sophomore Cam Bosner. Then, there's senior Bobby Thomas, sophomores' Alex Branham and Isaac Trader, and freshman Jordan Welch.
"I'm expecting 10 to 11 kids to come out for golf, with seven to eight of them being underclassmen," Arnold said. "The numbers are real good, but most of them are young and inexperienced."
Arnold said Seevers will be "the backbone of the team."
"As one of the seniors on this team, I've already talked to Randee about helping to provide leadership," the Wildcats' coach continued.
"She played in our No. 4 spot last season, and has experience. She's a really good player, who I think would like to play at the college level when she graduates."
Thomas, the other senior on the team, has been with the Waterford golf program for four years, now.
"He's going to get a chance to play more this season," Arnold said.
Ginther and Bosner each saw considerable varsity action on the golf course last season, and are two "real good athletes," Arnold said.
"They and the others will be competing for the No. 1 spot," the Waterford boss continued.
Welch, while only a frosh, is considered to be a "real talent," Arnold said.
As for Branham and Trader, both saw some action in the No. 6 spot last season.
"The thing about all of these kids is they have such a good attitude," Arnold said.
In other words, they're all very coachable.
Arnold believes that Belpre will probably be the team to beat again in the Tri-Valley Conference and sectional.
"Our goal, of course, is to win the TVC and get to the district again," Arnold said. "It'll be a challenge that we're looking forward to."