This season, the golf team looks to pick up right where they left off last year when they finished with a record of 12–4 and fell in the sectionals stage of the NJSIAA state tournament. This season, the team acquired new methods and opportunities to practice before the season starts.
“This season, we’re lucky enough to practice once a week on a golf simulator indoors, so we should be much better prepared for this season. We shouldn’t be rusty coming out. We should be ready to go,” Co-Captain Joseph Phelan ’17 said.Not only does the team get to practice indoors on a regular basis, but it will also be able to practice outdoors more often as well.
“We’re playing more at Mountain View than at Princeton Country Club, so we have to adjust to another course. We’re getting more practice time at Springdale, our home course, which is going to be key,” said Head Coach Sheryl Severance.
Another factor contributing to the new season is the number of players trying out to play. These new players increase the pool of players the coaches can choose from to represent the top six players on the team. These players’ scores are the scores that factor into the tally during matches. The combination of these factors makes the team hopeful to surpass the previous season.
“We want to make it to sectionals again, which requires a 60 percent win rate or better.” Phelan said. “We want to do well in our division, we want to do well in counties, and hopefully, we want to do well enough in sectionals to have a chance at making states.”