By Alex Wang ’22
(March 20, 2019) The Strake Jesuit golf squad recently played in a few tournaments, and they were able to learn a lot about themselves as a team. The varsity team played at Golfcrest and Sugar Creek golf clubs. The conditions were tough and windy, but our players fought through it and finished with some great results!
The team at Golfcrest fought to a second place finish with Ryan Disch ’20 shooting a low round of 71, along with a hole in one. Austin Howard ’19 and Cole Dutherage ’19 followed up with a 78 and an 81, respectively.
This was one of the team’s highest finishes in a varsity tournament this year, having only a few tournaments in the first semester.
The varsity team also played extremely well at their own tournament at Sugar Creek country club where conditions were the coldest of the year, with a low temperature of 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite this, both our varsity and junior varsity teams won, with varsity shooting a team score of 319 and JV shooting a 351.
The junior varsity team also played at Willow Fork golf club on January 28 and won 1st overall, with Andrew Thampoe ’21 and David Markham ’21 leading the way with first and second individual awards.
Coach Dunford, is the new head coach of the program after several years of being an assistant under Coach Lamy. Coach Dunford stated that this new role allows him to truly “see the full picture” and go behind the scenes to “organize weight room sessions, practices, truly getting to know the players.” Furthermore, Coach states, “We have a good chance of making it to state come April time. We will be able to compete at the highest level towards the end of the season.”
The future looks bright for Crusader golf. Here’s to many more wins in the future!