Coming off of a memorable 2018 season that saw the Orange Lutheran girls golf team qualify for CIF-SS playoffs for the first time in 14 years, the Lancers are energized, focused and ready to hit the links beginning next week.
Over the last five years, the program has expanded from one team with seven golfers to now fielding more than 25 golfers across three full teams. And with that, the varsity squad has accomplished more milestones each season.
“We set the expectations for the girls, and the best thing is, they’ve responded,” says OLu head girls golf coach, Dustin Boburka. “Every year we’ve gotten progressively better.”
Boburka, who is in his fifth year with the program, feels that this year’s varsity Lancers are a mix of veteran players as well as newcomers who show tremendous promise. Senior golfer and captain Maddie Hahn will lead the way, along with senior Olivia Coons and junior Shayna Osborn.
“With the group we have this year, we have a lot of girls who really want to go out and compete and get better,” says Boburka. “I’m excited to see what they’re going to do with more reps and more experience.”
Playing in one of the toughest high school leagues in the country means challenging competition week in and week out. But Boburka is confident that with the right mental mindset, this group may catch some people off guard this year with their performance.
“I think our girls are competitors,” says Boburka. “They’re not going to back down from a challenge, and that’s exciting to me. I like our chances a lot.”