Apprentice School Fall Golf Season Underway

Published September 13, 2022

The fall season for The Apprentice School golf team is underway, and team captain Ethan Flanders is optimistic.

“I’ve already seen a big improvement since last year, and I believe we can place well in a bunch of these tournaments,” he said. The team’s goal is to have every player “shooting in the 70s.”

Flanders – an X11 apprentice in his sophomore year – is the most experienced golfer on the team. The rest are freshmen. Despite the team’s youth, Flanders is confident about their chances this season and in the future. He’s also grateful to serve as a leader.

“We’ve got a good group of guys on the team, and I’m able to help them out and give them advice on the golf course,” he said. “Since we’re all young, you’ve got three or four more years here. With all the practice and experience we’ll get, we’ll be really good these next few years.”

Flanders said Apprentice School athletes are representatives for the company, and he hopes fellow shipbuilders will respect and support them throughout the season. “We go through a lot working all day and then going to golf practice after and going to tournaments on the weekend,” he said.

For more information about Apprentice School golf, including the fall schedule, visit “You can come out to any event free of charge,” Flanders said. “Come out and watch some good golf.”

The team is hosting the Virginia State Division III Tournament at its home course – Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk – beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 17 and 18.