CHESTER - Thomas Dale Golf will seek an improved season in 2017. The Knights are coming off of a 5-7 mark in 2016 and will return three starters.

They will be led by Jack Brockwell, Nick Papakostas and Anna White.

"All three of the top players have a year's experience, with Nick having two," said Thomas Dale Golf coach Dennis Zeiters. "I'm looking for a lot of improvement in each one of them."

He noted that all three need to become better around the green and more consistent in their play.

"Big numbers are not good in golf," he said.

This year's Virginia High School League postseason format will no longer feature conference tournaments with teams that qualify for the playoffs heading straight to regionals.

While this could mean a shorter road for teams to the state title matches, Zeiters noted: "Going straight to a regional tournament lessens post-season honors. No more all conference team or conference honors."