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Golf team’s drive for success on hold until next season

Posted By Andrea Braver On October 28, 2010 @ 2:31 am In Sports | Comments Disabled

The South Golf team, defending Dual County League (DCL) Champions, experienced a disappointing season, being unable to both defend the team’s title as DCL Champion and qualify for the State tournament.
Although the team had graduated a few strong athletes from last season, it should not have been the main source of adversity this season.
Graduates Jesse Zorfas, Ray Heinrich, and Bobby Marulli were the three of the team’s top competitors last season.
The loss of these three athletes contributed to this year’s outcome; however, other factors were major causes of the disappointing record as well.
“The season started out great with six wins and one loss, but we hit a cold streak towards the middle of the season, senior and captain Zach Rothschild said. “We ended up [with a record of] 6-7 and missed the tournament qualification by one match.
Last year, the Varsity Golf team was able to qualify for the State tournament and advance to the Sectional qualifiers.
Many in the South community expected the team to have similar results this season.
Rothschild, along with senior and co-captain Michael Josephson, has been on the team since his freshman year, and was on Varsity since his sophomore year. Senior and co-captain Dean Carney has played on Varsity since his junior year.
Senior Chad Stumpo, who made the Varsity team his freshman year at South, returned to play for the team this year after attending a golf school in Florida for his sophomore and junior years.
Although Stumpo currently attends an online high school, he lives within the South district and is allowed to play on the team.
With his addition to the team’s roster for this season, the team was expected to be incredibly successful.
With this talented group of veterans, many had high expectations for the team.
“Even though we lost some great players, we still had most of our talent left and had depth on our roster, Rothschild said. “We thought this would help us get into States.
The upset that the South Golf team experienced can be attributed to a variety of factors.
Some players were faced with personal concerns, resulting in their sudden withdrawals from some matches.
“We had the talent but were unable to play our best players at all times, Carney said.
Aside from the impediment of personal matters, once the team experienced the beginning of a losing streak, it became increasingly difficult for the team to keep its head up and get back on track.
“We lost confidence after losing a couple of matches, senior Kyle Russo said.
Russo, who noted that the team continued to work hard during practices and games, was aware of the psychological aspect of the game.
“Golf is a very mental game, he said. “And we let [the mental aspect of it] get the better of us.
Rothschild shared similar sentiment by acknowledging the downsides to the psychological role, resulting in occurrences such as seemingly unbearable pressure, in the sport of Golf.
“Many kids were inconsistent so it was hard to win matches, he said.
The team’s overall lack of confidence after losing a few matches helped lead to losing more matches, and as a result, not qualifying for the State tournament nor defending the DCL title.
The team’s falling short by one match of meeting the qualification for the State tournament will hopefully resonate with the golfers, allowing them to build on their experiences have a more successful season next year.

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