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Demon golfers living up to lofty expectations
L-E GOLF COACH Mike Robinson (back row, far left) holds the crystal trophy which his team won for finishing second behind Lexington at last months Anderson Brothers Bank Tournament played in Florence. Standing on the bottom row, from left, are Demon players Tanner Rapp, Jeremy Forrester, Kelli Murphy (who is holding her all-tournament team trophy, Ty Morgan and Duncan Gillis. Pictured on the back row are Robinson, Trevor Johnston, Jake Barker, Chandler Walters, Luke Schrader and Brandon Hill.
Having heard from even the most talent-laden teams about how a successful season has been a pleasant surprise, it is refreshing when a coach of a squad in the midst of one of its best seasons in school history says he had a feeling this would be a special campaign.When he first assembled his Lugoff-Elgin golf team for the start of practice for the 2014 season, Demons’ head coach Mike Robinson thought this group had the potential to make some noise in the regular season and beyond. Now, with the Region 4-4A tournament beckoning next Monday at the Woodlands in Columbia, the Demons are ready to take that next step to where they want to finish.With three seniors who each signed National Letters of Intent with a pair of schools --- Kelli Murphy (Auburn) and Jake Barker and Chandler Walters (both to Erskine) --- and underclassmen who may well follow suit next year, the Demons were loaded for bear this spring; a fact which Robinson does not mind talking about.“I knew we were going to be good because I knew what we had coming back and how hard these kids had worked,” said Robinson who calls himself a golf ‘manager’ as opposed to a coach.“I figured this season would just run itself so, I turned a lot of the leadership duties to the seniors and talked to them about their practice schedules and when they wanted to practice and how they wanted to do it. I have confidence that if we don’t have practice, they will be somewhere practicing.”