Peng qualifies individually for CCS, eliminated after first round

May 24, 2016 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Trevor Leung

The team placed fifth out of six teams in the league tournament and did not qualify for CCS.


Despite overall poor performances by the team in the league tournament, No. 2 player senior Miles Peng just made the cut individually for Central Coast Sectionals (CCS) by shooting a seven-over 78 after 18 holes at the league tournament held at Santa Teresa Golf Club (par 71) on May 3.

The team placed fifth out of six teams in the league tournament and did not qualify for CCS.

“We weren’t at our A game,” said No. 1 player senior Lucas Peng, who shot an 81. “We just made too many mistakes, and it killed us at the end.”

Freshman William Liu shot a 79, but needed a 78 or less to make it past the CCS cut. Liu was happy with his performance for most of the round, since he had been shooting even par after 15 holes, but performed poorly on the last holes.

“I let myself get distracted by thirst and a bad hole, and as a result, I played badly for the last few holes,” Liu said.

Even though Miles made the cut, he said that he could have performed better at Leagues.

“I started out weaker than I wanted too,” Miles said. “I lost strokes early in my round.”

Miles woke up at 4 a.m. on May 11 to travel two hours with head coach David Gragnola to Rancho Canada Golf Club (par 71) for the first round of CCS.

“I did have to wake up earlier than I usually do,” Miles said. “[But] I just slept earlier the day before so I would still have the same amount of sleep.”

In the first round of CCS, Miles tied for 56th out of 83 players by shooting a 12-over 83. He did not make the cut to the next round of CCS.

“I lost most of my strokes in putting,” Miles said. “I putted a lot worse than I usually do.”

While the team could have performed better during the post-season, No. 5 player junior Nathan Shang said that he is proud of their improvement. The team finished second in the league during the regular season with a 9-3 record, which included a seven-game win streak.

“Despite the disappointing end to the season, our team showed endurance,” Shang said. “Although we lost four players in the top six [to graduation] from last year, we improved as a team and individually compared to where we were at in the beginning of the season.”

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