Sports: Boys’ Golf Drives for Success Despite Changes

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Junior AJ Connell (left) and senior Sam Melville (right) will provide critical upperclassman leadership for their young team

Despite a number of new faces, including a new coach, the Bears’ boys’ golf squad is set to defend its PAL title this season.

The new coach is Bennett Vaughn, the assistant pro at Sharon Country Club, which has been the team’s home course for a number of years.

The team lost four seniors, including PAL Player of the Year Travis Anderson; as a result, the scoring squad has three underclassmen this year. Participation has also hit an all time high, with 14 players on the team this year.

Senior Sam Melville is confident that the team will remain strong despite the changes: “While this year will be a challenge with the coaching change and loss of the seniors, we now have an effective coach and a drive from the players who usually sat out matches last year and want to prove themselves”.

Senior Matt Tinyo, a PAL First Team All-League player last year, echoed the positive sentiment: “We believe that if everyone improves individually, then we as a team will be better. This year is going to be a lot different because last year we were at such a high level. Our season is going to be harder this year, but if we work hard we can still make CCS”.

Golf is set for an interesting season; they will have to overcome some growing pains associated with their young team and new coach, but they certainly have the talent to make a run deep into the playoffs this year.