Harker linksmen have had a stellar week!
Coach Ie-Chen Cheng provided this report:
In another heated battle of the unbeatens, Harker edged Sacred Heart Prep 191-194 to take sole possession of first place in the WBAL golf race. Both Shrish Dwivedi, grade 11, and sophomore Dakota McNealy, grade 10, shot two over par 37 to take a three stroke lead after completion of the first group. Sandip Nirmel and Ryan Vaughan, both grade 9, continue their strong season with 39 and 42 respectively, losing to their opponents by five, resulting in a two shot deficit with one group still on the course. Avi Khemani, grade 9, nearly missed a 25 foot birdie putt on the ninth hole, knocking it dead center, but with slightly too much speed, resulting in a lip out. With Harker’s best score of the day at one over par 36, the frosh sensation beat his opponent by five strokes to win a very exciting match for Harker. The win marks the best start in Harker golf history, and the first time any team has beaten both Menlo and SHP in the same season. The Eagles are atop the WBAL with a 7-0 record. The two teams meet again on Tuesday at San Jose Country Club.
Coach’s Corner: This match was won on the greens and a tribute to those practices where we putt until our backs ached. Our golfers made key putts while our opponents struggled within 5 feet. That was the difference maker. We are slowly learning to play smarter by understanding the risk reward of each shot. Dakota improved his play from yesterday by three strokes. His course management was evidenced by using an iron off the tee on the par 5 7th hole, knowing that going for the green in two is not feasible. So, he played it smart and made a tap in par. What differentiates this team from the previous years is our focus around the greens. With great wedge play, we put ourselves in positions to score even on an off day of ball striking.
Considering SHP was coming off its first tournament title at the Meadow Club where they shot a ridiculous 8 over as a team on a 18 hole course, and they were Norcal Finalists last year, this was a shocking defeat for them. Again, we played like savvy veterans with great poise and composure. Like the Menlo match, we’ve had different players come up big for us. Yesterday it was Avi and Dakota. The win displays our depth even with an off day from Shrish. (Well, an off day for Shrish is in reality just one bad shot mixed in with an unlucky lie). Please congratulate the boys on a remarkable week. But we’re not done yet. We’ve set our sights on bigger and better prizes.
|1||Bradley Knox||12||35||1||Shrish Dwivedi||11||37|
|2||Bradley Keller||11||42||2||Dakota McNealy||10||37|
|3||Derek Ackerman||11||39||3||Sandip Nirmel||9||39|
|4||Ryan Galvin||12||37||4||Ryan Vaughan||9||42|
|5||Taylor Oliver||12||41||5||Avi Khemani||9||36|
|6||Shane Snow||10||42||6||Nikhil Reddy||11||46|
|TOTAL SCORE||194||TOTAL SCORE||191|
Eagles for Eagles!