Golf team looks to maintain Head Coach Sheryl Severance’s winning record

The PHS golf team looks to maintain another winning season after last year’s 10–7 record, with Coach Sheryl Severance at the helm. Since the beginning of Severance’s coaching career in 1993, the Princeton High School golf team has seen 22 winnig seasons. “It’s a lifelong sport, it’s a lifelong skill,” Severance said. “Even if you’re not a good golfer you can play it forever.”

The golf team practices Monday through Friday at either Mountainview Golf Course, Princeton Country Club, or Springdale Golf Club. In a typical varsity match, six players compete and the lowest five scores count toward the team’s final score. The winner of the match is the team with the lowest total score.

Spencer Zullo ’17 practices on March 19 at Mountain View golf course.  Photo: Ashley Dart

Spencer Zullo ’17 practices on March 19 at Mountain View golf course.
Photo: Ashley Dart

“What I do is I take my top ten or 12 … and keep them for varsity and everyone else is considered junior varsity … I don’t want anybody to lose interest in golf so I get them on the practice course as much as possible,” Severance said.

The team prepares for the season with practices focused on skill work. “[The team practices] every day by playing the course or going to the driving range. We work on chipping and putting, … [and] getting all of the skills necessary to be a good golfer,” Severance said.

The team has set and looks to achieve both cooperative and individual goals this season. Seniors, especially, look to concentrate their practice towards achieveing their goals in their last season with the team. “I’d like to break 40 [shots] for the team … Also I think a good goal for the team would be to shoot for under 200,” said Max Rodewald ’15. “Golf is really challenging and it takes a lot of practice, but when you take a good shot it’s really rewarding,” he said.

Severance hopes to achieve many of the team’s goals this season, much like she did last year. “Our best match last year was against Notre Dame High School,” Severance said. They pulled out a close victory, winning 209–215.

Looking toward this season, the Little Tigers hope to have a good showing against West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. “[They are] one of our biggest rivals,” Severance said.

While Severance has set specific goals that she wants to achieve by the end of the season, she will favor creating a calm and consistent environment over winning every match. “[Severance always reminds us to] be patient with yourself, always focus on each shot, and [to not] think of the past shots,” Andrew Huang ’16 said. Severance hopes to follow her own advice and take the season one match at a time.

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