A new school year often brings new coaching assignments and an excitement of the coming challenges. For Jeff Reiher, the golf season at DHS has begun and he has the reins of a young Panthers' team.
Reiher began his first season at the helm of Delta's golf program this fall. A long-time golfing enthusiast, Reiher takes over for Ken Brown, who stepped down to pursue other interests which includes spending more time with family members and their sporting endeavors.
Early years of golfing included four years of play for Delta High School from 1978-81 under Ollie Leighton. An extensive background in the sport includes play in, and around, the courses in western Colorado and a membership at Devil's Thumb Golf Club in Delta.
Delta had one state qualifier last season in KC Carlson who graduated.
According to Reiher, "The Panthers don't have a lot of experience," with senior Rowyn Carmichael projected to be one of Delta's top players in 2018.
Along with Carmichael the senior roster will include Ryan Cooper, Joe Bules and Evan Baier.
Junior Ben Cooper was touted as a player who could figure in the mix for top scores for the Panthers by Reiher. Atley Harris will also be counted on to finish with competitive scores each time out. Zack McCormick and Grant Freed are the other two juniors on this year's roster.
The five sophomores on Delta's 2018 roster are Keagan Eryel-Moralez, Jack Loveland, Logan Schuster, Zachary Kuta and Isaac Chavez. Freshmen roster players include Ethan Kappel, Tyler Deuschle and Brenden Baier.
Reiher's no stranger to the rigors of the Panthers' schedule with the likes of Aspen, Montrose, Grand Junction, Fruita and a number of other league teams possessing talented squads.
Cobble Creek, Bookcliff and Dos Rios were noted as some of the more challenging courses the Panthers will play this season.
Delta began its season last Friday with the Delta Invitational and 15 teams.
This week's schedule included matches at Fruita's Adobe Creek (Aug. 13) and Gypsum Creek (Aug. 14).
The Panthers continue play next week on the links at Black Canyon Golf Course (Aug. 22), at Cobble Creek (Aug. 23) and play Bookcliff on Aug. 27 and on to Rifle Aug. 28 the following week.