Freshmen, sophomores on golf team kicking competition’s putt

As a group solely composed of underclassmen, the coed varsity golf team has played extremely well and has put the county on notice with several standout performances this fall.

Led by head coach Sam Silverman, the team has defeated numerous high schools on the way to multiple first place victories in county play.

With a team score of 163, the Bengals defeated Magruder, Damascus, and Einstein on their match August 25.They later went on to beat the likes of Poolesville, Clarksburg, and Magruder again September 6 with a score of 162.

According to Coach Silverman, the key to success is the improvement of the sophomore players. He says, “The four sophomores have improved over last year, and we have a few freshmen who are pretty good as well”.

The team’s flurry of victories have also improved team morale and have set the bar high for the end of the season. “When we won the first match,” adds Silverman, “it showed we could win pretty much any match we compete in.”

When asked about the goals for the team, Silverman expressed an ambition for greater accomplishments. He says, “[The goals are] to be [a] top ten team in the District, send multiple players to states and have each player improve over the course of the season.”

As the season rolls on, the team faces Blair, Richard Montgomery, and Magruder for a third time in their last match before state championships. Wins against these upcoming schools will cement another successful season for the coed golf team.

 The ultimate goal for the team, according to players, is to reach the pinnacle of the golf season, the MPSSAA State Championship Golf Tournament. Sophomore Matthew Salter says, “I qualified for states last year, so I want to go back and compete as one of the top players in the state again this year.”

Taking place at the University of Maryland College Park golf course, the experience of playing at States, golfers say, is something that all players strive for. Coach Silverman says, “playing against the best in the state [and seeing] how you stack up against the best players is what makes the state tournament such a special event.”