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Chase, Mujtaba will captain PHS golf team

While most high school sports got underway just last week, high school golfers around the state have been competing in official matches since mid-August.

This year’s Parkland golf team was 9-3 through last week’s matches.

Parkland graduated three members of last year’s line up, but the Trojans return some of their best players and still have a young team this season.

“We are a fairly young team with majority 9th and 10th graders,” said Head coach Ryan Kilpatrick. “Most have experience and the ability to get hot, but it’s just playing well in the pressure of matches and at different courses which always provides a challenge for young players.”

Returning seniors Chloe Chase and Jaffer Mujtaba are team captains this season. Chase placed third in the District 11 girls championship last season to earn a trip to Penn State for the PIAA Championships. Mujtaba competed in last year’s league championship tournament but did not qualify for the district championship.

Returning to the top of the line up is sophomore Landen Benner, who led all Trojan boys in the postseason last year with a 28th-place finish at leagues and 22nd place at districts in his first varsity season.

This year’s line up also includes senior Kyle Steiner, sophomores AJ Sundstrom and Gabe Chase and freshmen Charlie Gold and Jake Posocco.

This year’s team will try to build on last year’s 10-5 record in East Penn Conference matches and 11-5 overall mark.

“I am excited to see how everyone plays,” said Kilpatrick. “All of these players are in my opinion solid 80s players when they are playing well. Can they make that leap during the season and dip into the high 70s? That will be fun to find out.”

The 2023 Parkland High School golf team. press photo by don herb