By Michael Ahearne ’14
The Brophy Golf team finished their season placing fourth in the state finals with the help of team captain Sam Triplett ’14 and golfers Chip Getz ’16 and Michael Feagles ’16.
“We finished fourth at the state tournament, which, out of the 20 or so teams, it wasn’t bad,” Triplett said. “But we were hoping to finish a little higher, so it was a little disappointing to finish fourth.”
When asked about how the team did this season, gold head coach Mr. John Shores said that the team did OK.
“I think our expectation last year was to win state.” Mr. Shores said. “We had a pretty solid team. I think our expectation this year was to be right there again, to vie for state or be in the top four teams.”
Mr. Shores said that this year’s team was different than previous teams.
“One thing that this team had that was better than last year’s team was just the team unity and team aspect,” Mr. Shores said. “This year’s team really understood what it meant to be a team and play together and encourage each other. That is something that last year’s team and the year before that may not have quiet understood as well as these guys did.”
Some of that team unity can be attributed to team captain Sam Triplett.
“I think Sam Triplett really stood out as a leader,” Mr. Shores said. “Both in the way that he played, he worked really hard to improve his game, but also in the way he went about his business.”
Triplett said he was just doing his best to lead the team.
“At the beginning of the season, coach appointed me captain, so I just did my best to lead by example and help out the younger kids on the team.” Triplett said.
When asked to elaborate a bit more about how Triplett stepped up, Mr. Shores said some of the actions that Triplett did to help out the team.
“Sam, as a senior, was always quick to help out doing whatever,” Mr. Shores said. “He was one of the first on the bus and one of the last off the bus. Helping guys get clubs off the bus and cleaning up trash.”
Other than the state finals, the team recently came in second place at the 2013 Ridge Invite, finishing just behind Desert Vista.
The team also tied for third with Thunderbird in the 2013 Dobson Ranch Invitational at Dobson Ranch Golf Course in Mesa, finishing just behind Notre Dame and Hamilton.
Getz also recently competed in his first tournament for the Broncos during the Dobson tournament and finished one under par
The team also recently made their way to Flagstaff to play in the 2013 Ridge Invite.
They played at Continental Country Club, finishing the first day in second place behind Desert Vista. The team then spent the second day in Aspen Valley, also ending the day in second place, behind first place Desert Vista.
When asked how next year’s team looks, Triplett replied that the team looks strong.
“We have a few sophomores like Chip Getz and Michael Feagles who are pretty strong players and they should be good leaders next year” Triplett said.