Few changes from last season give golf team hope to excel

February 14, 2019 — by Kevin Sze and Howard Tang

Head coach: David Gragnola

2018 record: 9-3

2018 recap: Although the team was very young, with three freshmen, one sophomore and one junior, the boys advanced to league championships and CCS. The team lost in the first round of CCS while junior Kevin Sze and sophomore Albert Jing continued as individuals to the second round.

Key matchups:

March 6 vs. Palo Alto @ Baylands GC 3:00

March 19 vs. Cupertino @ Santa Clara time TBA

March 27 vs. Monta Vista @ Coyote Creek 2:30

Star players: sophomore Michael Burry, junior Kevin Sze

Key loss: Charles Qi

League: De Anza

Brief preview:

The bar for this year’s team has been set extremely high. After a solid 9-3 season, the team has matured, improved, and is prepared to win leagues this year and make a deep CCS run.

“We have a really strong core players in the sophomore and junior years, so it should be fun to see how the team grows and gets better,” sophomore Michael Burry said.

Last year at SCVAL League Finals, the team came out with a score of 373 and placed second, losing to Palo Alto by two strokes.

Since Palo Alto already qualified for CCS, the next CCS spot went to the Falcons. They qualified for CCS for the first time in four years.

According to Burry, this year’s traveling competitive squad is relatively the same as last year’s because of the very few losses from graduation. Likely members of this team are Burry, Sze and sophomore twins Albert and Geoffrey Jing. Similarly, the scheduling of the practices and the methods of training have remained constant.

The first match is scheduled to take place on March 4 against Monta Vista.

“I think this is one of the most talented teams to pass through Saratoga High in a long time,” Burry said. “I’m excited to be a part of it and am looking forward to competing with Kevin for the top spot.”

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