Golf teams finish strong in final tourneys

by Roger Wistar

Both the girls and boys varsity golf teams turned in impressive performances in their final tournaments of the season.

The girls team finished second at this year's Founders League championship, equaling their best performance in a decade. The boys team finished eighth at the Kingswood-Oxford Invitational Tournament, but their aggregate score of 401 was one of their best in recent memory.

For the girls, Wednesday was in many ways a repeat of the previous week's Pippy O'Connor tournament. In both cases, the event was hosted and won by Taft. Last week, the team finished nine strokes behind the Rhinos at an 18-hole event, and on Wednesday they finished just four strokes behind through nine holes.

More impressively, the Bearcats finished more than 20 strokes clear of third-place Loomis.

The top three scorers were the same for the girls, with Daphne Chao '20 again leading the way with 39. Courtney Breen '18 and Amanda Kang '18 followed close behind with 43, followed by Samantha Thomas '19 with 48. Helena Park '18 also participated at the event, which counted only the top four scores for each team.

On the boys' side, the team turned in a score that was several strokes better than any of the previous five years, even though those years resulted in better-placed finishes. Shokuma Matsukata '18 led all Bearcats with 75 over 18 holes, just two strokes behind the sixth-place overall finisher. Michael Gillis '18 (78), Kenneth Wu '18 (78), James Horrocks '19 (83), and Jack Lewis '18 (87) rounded out the scoring for the team.