Boys’ golf team dominates competition, looks to make history yet again

March 12, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Harshini Velchamy

The boys’ golf team had a historic season last year, winning the De Anza Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League 10-2, securing third at CCS and NorCal regionals and advancing to the state finals for the first time in the history of the team.

This year, the team is on track to match or even surpass last year’s success. Of the six starters from last year, four have returned: senior Kevin Sze and juniors Michael Burry, Albert Jing and Geoffrey Jing. With the addition of junior Kelly Huesby and freshman Howard Shu, the team has rounded out a solid starting lineup.

“We have a lot of last year’s core players on the team again,” Sze said. “We’ve all developed as players, and with Howard joining, we five usually make up the team’s top scores — when we travel, six players play and the top five scores count, so we get five really solid players right there.”

The team is looking to take first in their league to qualify for NorCal and states — not an unlikely result, given their current performance. The team’s record is an undefeated at 4-0 as of March 10, and none of their matches have been close — the Falcons have won by at least 25 strokes in every match they’ve played, beating Los Gatos 180-231, Cupertino 148-175, Gunn 182-225 and Palo Alto 185-210.

“We’re a lot better [this year], so we just have to make sure we get through leagues and then go from there,” said Sze, who will be playing golf at Harvard next year. “If we put in our best effort at every single event, I think we have potential to do better than we did last year — we could definitely contend for a state title.”