Liberty High will be teeing off a new golf program this fall.
The school will become the second in Carroll County history -- Westminster being the other -- to boast its own golf program when the team first competes this fall.
Until last year, the county had a combined team open to golfers from the other four public schools. Strong interest at Liberty prompted the school to form its own team.
"Kids starting coming to me wanting to form a golf team so we went to Bob Henard [Liberty athletic director] and he said if the interest is there 'Why not'," said Liberty's new golf coach Cliff Trone.
"I've coached a lot of these kids since they were six and seven in other sports. We're really excited."
Henard has lined up six matches in the team's first season, including three with county foe Westminster.
"Coach Trone has done an excellent job of getting us a place to practice and Westminster and the three golf teams in Frederick County have been very accommodating in fitting us into their schedules," Henard said.
"Our schedule is somewhat limited but something we can
definitely build on. Coach Trone also will be a big plus for the program. He has a great background in golf and was very willing to do it."
Trone, a Sykesville resident and Baltimore native, was a golf pro at Downs Yacht and Country Club in Annapolis from 1971-78. He's currently employed with Owens & Minor Corp. in Savage, Howard County.
He's expecting 28 golfers when the team has its first-ever practice tomorrow afternoon.
"The interest has been unbelievable," said Trone.
"We'll probably carry 12 to 14 golfers and we'll try to use all of them in the matches. We have a lot of inexperience but the boys are enthusiastic and we're going to go out and have some fun. In two or three years, we should have a pretty solid program."
The team will practice twice a week at Liberty Park Driving Range in Sykesville and also at Glade Valley Golf Club in Walkersville, Frederick County.