Boys Golf Varsity held their CIF game on Monday, May 7 at Soule Park Golf Course, a golf course in Ojai where regional matches are hosted every year. Despite their high expectations, the Spartan golfers took fifth place completing against nineteen teams. Many would praise this achievement, but the Spartans were disappointed that they did not play up to their hopes of placing at least third.
“I feel like we could’ve done better. This was our year to make it past the first round of CIF for the first time,” commented senior co-captain Andrew Park, expressing slight disappointment of the team’s performance.
Sophomore Joshua Suh headed the Spartan leader board with the lowest team score of 73, and sophomore Colin Morikawa followed behind with a 78. Both players outdid themselves, but the same could not be said of the other golfers who struggled to pull out low scores on the big day. Juniors Noah Bernstein and Daniel Rhee hit rounds of 77 and 81, and seniors Will Swanson and Andrew Park shot 82 and 86 respectively. According to Coach Tetu, each player had to shoot two strokes lower in order to qualify for the next round of CIF.
Senior co-captain Will Swanson explained, “The greens were fast and bumpy. We all couldn’t putt.”
According to the players, many three-foot putts and missed greens contributed to overall disappointing rounds. However, despite not winning the first round of CIF, the team has done well in terms of the season and their last fight for the victory at Soule Park.
“It really came down to the fact that we needed all five players to do well. That’s how you win. Unfortunately, that did not happen.” stated Coach Tetu.
Will Swanson added, “We’re very pleased with how our whole team performed.”
Though Boys Varsity Golf did not take home the first place trophy, they still performed exceptionally well coming in fifth out of nineteen teams. This accomplishment in and of itself is laudatory and the Spartans gave it their all this spring season with strenuous practice and perseverance. Congratulations and well done, Spartan golfers!