Boys Golf performs above par
After having a successful run in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) last year, Northwood’s Boys Golf team is all set to improve upon its record from last season by dominating the PCL and qualifying for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) playoffs.
The team, under the leadership of head coach Tim O’Brien, has been training hard since February and hopes to expand on its success this season after an undefeated preseason record of 5-0.
“Usually we go undefeated in the preseason because the teams we play are not as strong as those in our league. However, we are still pretty excited that we went undefeated again,” junior Peter Navarro said.
In just the team’s third match of the year, it set a school record for the lowest team score of 171 with the assistance of standout sophomores Derek Kim and Chris Young and senior Spencer Wing.
“This year’s team is deep. We have five guys that can break 40 for nine holes,” O’Brien said. “Aside from the two senior captains who score well, two sophomores, Kim and Young, and two freshmen, David Huang and Brooks Li, have also shot consistently below 40.”
A golf match is structured so that six golfers from each team compete. The five best scores out of the six for each team are added up for an overall score. The lowest score total wins the match.
The team members, who practice at the Oak Creek Golf Club, are currently perfecting their individual skills and strokes in order to be better prepared in highly competitive league play.
“We have a young team with majority of the players being underclassmen, so if we can get along, we’ll do well. I have no doubts about the individual strengths of the players,” Navarro said.
The team is currently looking to continue its performance in preseason to PCL with an upcoming game against Corona del Mar High School today.
“We are hoping to place within the top three this year, so that we can make it into the CIF sectionals,” Navarro said.