Mens golf thriving on collective success

Jules Cantor

By Caroline Gentile ’13, Sports Editor

Kicking off the season with a 6-2 record, the CCDS men’s golf team is poised for success this fall. In addition to their impressive start, the team has also garnered a 4th place finish in the Badin Bash out of 20 teams. Coach Katy Loomis attributes the team’s early victories to “hard work in the off-season, the ability to work as a team, confidence in their games, and a love of golf.”

With such accomplishments in their first few matches, it is clear that all members of the golf team are very talented and dedicated to the success of the team. “Every player has had to step up and contribute,” explained Coach Loomis. “We take the top 4 out of 6 scores for any match, which means everyone needs to play their best to succeed.”

With seniors Andrew McElhinney, Devin Sutton, Greg Dick, Alex Meixner, Tyrique Wilson, and Cody Pomeranz, junior Kyle Pruis, sophomores Sam Hall and Luke Hall, and freshman Ishan Ghildyal, “The team is stronger than ever,” as the majority of the players are upperclassmen. Standout players McElhinney, Pruis, and Ghildyal have “led the team with their ability to shoot consistent scores and go low,” said Coach Loomis. “All three have the ability, with the team and individually, to reach the state tournament.” Ultimately, getting to the state tournament is the team goal, “and if we keep working hard, it is very possible,” added co-captain McElhinney.

The road to the state tournament has so far been smooth, with the team’s early on success under their belt. However, the MVC Tournament and Sectionals still lie ahead, in which solid performances are “necessary for a successful post season run,” said Coach Loomis. With the golf team’s talent and ability, the state tournament is certainly a reachable goal. That being said, Coach Loomis added that “It now falls to hard work, motivation and one hundred percent commitment to reaching that goal.”

Photo courtesy of Greg Dick, ’11