Golf season highlights team unity

KL - 2016 Golf Team

by Nick Shepard – Staff Reporter

However many holes you’re shooting, whatever the weather, Kentlake’s golf team is ready to take it on. Varsity golfer David Ellithorpe said that while many varsity members graduated last year, “…overall members of our team have really pulled together to take some great points from the other teams.” Head coach Mark Gaul also said that while this year the team “had to reload”, they ended up having a “great season”.
Gaul said that out of the 21 boys and seven girls on the team, three of each moved on to the supreme qualifier.
Golf is going to be a sport to watch in coming years at Kentlake, as there are “a lot of new enthusiastic freshmen” bringing a lot to the table, according to Ellithorpe. He said that the “varsity members like Alex Phillips and Riley Sauceda are just doing great, and it’s really nice to have them around.”
Ellithorpe himself has had a good season; he said he’s “kept a pretty constant score. I’ve been in a few dips, but other than that I’ve put up some good points. I shot my best round this year.” Ellithorpe was one that Gaul said is continuing on to post season, in addition to Phillips and Evan Little from the boys team, and Jordan Wayner, Brooklyn Garcia, and Ashley Hendricksen from the girls team.
According to Ellithorpe, Kentlake golf is not limited to being a sport, but also is a greatly unified group of friends. He said, “you can really connect with people throughout the sport. It’s something you can all relate to, like ‘oh man, I hit a bad shot right there,’ and, ‘oh yeah, I hit a bad shot over there.’ It’s like a big family.” Gaul said that golf is a “life long sport”, and he’s met all sorts of people who “wish they’d played golf in high school”.

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