Golf team tops league standings, looks toward CCS

April 26, 2019 — by Leo Cao and Alex Wang

With exceptional play from the entire team on April 15 against Palo Alto, the boys’ golf team clinched its first league title in six years and secured a spot in CCS.

“I felt like our team really earned this league title, given the talent on our team and the effort we all put in to get to where we are,” senior William Liu said. “I'm especially proud to be a part of this team, as every player respects the game of golf.”

The Falcons then lost to Gunn 190-202 on April 18 in their last in their last match the regular season, which still left the team on top of the league standings at 10-2.

On April 22, the team played in the Aptos Invitational golf tournament, placing second behind a highly talented team from Loyola High in Los Angeles. They lost by 20 strokes but beat perennial top local competitors such as Palma, Stevenson, St. Ignatius and Serra — all without No. 1 player Kevin Sze.

After the SCVAL League Finals on April 30 (The Falcon was unable to cover this match due to printing deadlines), the team only will have CCS on May 7 to forward look to.

“I don’t really care about what our matchups are,” Liu said. “I only care about beating whatever is there in front of us and making it as far as we can.”

Although the competition in CCS will be tough, over the course of the season, the immense talent of the team has proved itself time and time again.

For example, the Falcons still managed to win by five strokes against Palo Alto, the defending league champions, despite their exceptional play. Sophomore Michael Burry led the team with 34, Sze and senior Daniel Kraft each shot 35, Liu shot 37, while Albert and Geoffrey Jing shot 38 and 39 respectively.

“Heading into the season we knew we were going to be one of the top contending teams for the league title,” Liu said. “We found ourselves putting out solid rounds, pulling ahead of our competitors with ease. Every player on our traveling team had the potential to put out a low score, a claim most other teams can't make.”

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