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Golf team prepares for tough season, another run at state

By P. Erik Meyer ’14
THE ROUNDUP

This year’s Brophy golf team ret

Photo by Anthony Fischetti '13 - Tyler Kertson drives the ball Saturday, Sept. 1 from the first tee at The Grey Hawk Golf Club during the Brophy Invitational Tournament.

urns all players who played in the 2011 state championship and is looking to repeat with another state title.

“I think the expectations are high considering that we won state last year and all of the guys who played at state have come back,” said Mr. Jon Shores, head coach of the golf team. “From a team perspective the expectations are high and we need to guard against that because we don’t want to be too confident going into the season.”

The team has a lineup of players and at times egos can run high.

“As far as team improvement goes, we are all very arrogant at times and when it comes to the team we need to improve in looking out for each other whether it be at home or at the golf course,” said Andy MacMillan ’14. “There are numerous things we need to work on to build our relationships.”

Mr. Shores said that the team also has some talent that was not present last year.

“We have four new players; Taylor Hawfield ’13 was able to make his way onto the team, so he will be a good team guy, he brings a lot of energy to the team,” Mr. Shores said. “We have a couple of freshman who made it, Michael Feagles ’16 and Chip Getz ’16, hopefully this will be a great year of experience for them.”

The coach said golfers on the team have great talent but need to limit the mental mistakes.

“We obviously know what we’re doing but it’s going to be important for all the guys to remain grounded,” Mr. Shores said. “Just doing the little things correctly, most of our guys are very good players so it’s just a matter of cutting down on mental errors.

Other teams across the state have talent similar to Brophy’s and the team will be tested.

“Every tournament is going to be difficult to win, we have a good team coming back, we have a lot of good players,” MacMillan said. “We have the team, we have the talent to do it but at the same time everybody else does, there are a lot of teams that have just as much talent if not more and it will be a tough battle.”

The weekend of Sept. 1 was the Brophy Golf Invitational.

“The Brophy Invitational probably has the strongest field we will face,” Mr. Shores said. “It will be a good test for us because Hamilton, Desert Vista and some of the better teams will be there, this will be a good chance for us to see how we do.”

According to MacMillan, the team won by 21 strokes.

The team will wrap us the season with the state tournament Oct. 29 and 30.

“We are going to have to play good golf if we hope to repeat, obviously I think we are going to have a good chance,” Mr. Shores said. “The boys are going to have to work hard and not be overconfident.”