The Foothill boys’ golf team swung in its inaugural season with a winning score of 490 points at their first league match on Thursday at the Elkins Ranch Golf Course. Fillmore High School came in at a close second at 493 points and Santa Clara and Santa Paula High Schools had scores of 545 and 572, respectively.
Senior Scott Hamlet “had a solid individual effort,” according to Coach Mark Wipf, and finished second overall with a total of 83 points. Freshman Sean Ward shot a 98 for the team, his personal best, and junior Cole Bindus “had a nice bounce back round of 101.”
Coach Wipf believes that the team has “progressed steadily” since their first practices in the fall, and is proud of his players for playing well despite the hurdle of the 30-day CIF mandatory sit-out period.
“They come to practice and work hard, they have a shared desire to deliver some points while our three captains sit out 30 days due to CIF rules,” Wipf said. “It takes poise and patience to play golf well and I am proud of their progress.”
However, improvements on the players’ shots still need to be made.
“What we are looking to improve upon is minimizing the damage on bad shots. Each player has several moments of truth that they need to overcome each round. Learning to make good strategic decisions is a matter of experience and each event is a chance to gain experience,” Wipf said.
The team will be playing their next match Thursday at the Montecito Country Club against Carpinteria High School.