SJ Golf Thrives

Photo by Nikki Pomer

Owen Gibney ’24

The Strake Jesuit Golf team had a great first semester, and the second is looking good as well. 

An astonishing number of people tried out this year, with 11 new players joining the team, including a sophomore and a senior. The team has a total of 26 players, 17 of whom are underclassmen. There are 12 Varsity players, 6 of which are sophomores, and there were 14 JV players. 

The Varsity Golf team of Baird Bright ‘22, Alex Wang ‘22, Charlie Cox ‘22, Will Gillette ‘24, Dominic Green ‘24, and William Suell ‘24 started off the 2021-22 season with a bang at the Brophy Rodeo National High School Golf Invitational in Phoenix, Arizona. They broke 300 for the first time since the late 2000’s and had the best regular season score in SJ Golf history. 

By early March, the Varsity team had medaled in six out of its nine total tournaments, including winning our annual Sugar Creek Invitational for the fourth consecutive year.

“After falling just short of winning our District last year and placing ninth at Regionals,” Head Coach Jeremy Dunford said, “we should have a really good chance at making it to the State Championship this spring.” 

The SJ Golf teams use the Golf Learning Center (GLC) on campus regularly, which recently got fitted with a new turf putting green and a launch monitor. They also play nine-hole practice rounds after school once or twice a week at Sharpstown, Sugar Creek Country Club, and Riverbend Country Club. 

The team is not only a group of talented players with a lot of potential but a beacon of Strake Jesuit’s formation of “Men For Others.” 

“Two virtues that especially stand out are humility and self-discipline,” Coach Dunford said. 

Thanks to the golf leadership council and the excellent coaching staff, the whole team had a retreat on campus on January 25th. 

“Our team retreat in January,” Coach Dunford said, “was instrumental in our growth as a cohesive brotherhood.” 

With their high hopes and goals this year, expect to see some impressive results from our Strake Jesuit Golf team!