GOLF STANDOUT: Freddie Fitzsimmons — Wheeling Park

If it was not known any better, the phrase: “There is no I in team” could have originated from this year’s Wheeling Park boys golf team.

Freddie Fitzsimmons is one of those unselfish players.

“He is a very dedicated golfer,” Park coach Don Headley said.

“He spends an enormous amount of time with the game. He has greatly improved from last year from shooting low to mid 80s to averaging in the 70s this year.”

All that practice has really paid off for the junior. During the summer, he traveled to The Greenbrier and played three holes with professional golfer Davis Love III.

The No. 3 man on the roster, Fitzsimmons would say he would not have gotten anywhere without his teammates who include Kyle Wensel, Jacob Nickell, Cole Hand, Dylan, Wojcik and Jared Jorden.

“They play everyday, and it takes self-determination to do that,” Headley said. “During the summer, they all play together, and no one is above the other. They are a true team.”

After losing no one from last year, Wheeling Park is going to be a force to be reckened with this season.

The Patriots played at Winding Hall in New Albany this year and finished fifth out of 20 teams.

One team that beat them was Dublin-Jerome, the reigning three-time Division I Ohio State champions, by only 10 strokes.

“Our expectations are very high this year, including Freddie’s,” Headley said.

“He is in the middle of the varsity pack, and he contributes well. Along with the seven other guys, he has really put the time in this summer.”