It was a chilly 27ºF when the golf season began on March 6, but that didn’t stop the boys’ golf team from braving the cold and getting preseason preparation underway.
The boys’ golf team has traditionally been one of the most successful sports team at North. It placed second out of 12 teams at the Bomber Classic on April 13, and the boys spent the ensuring weeks preparing for the State Sectional Tournament, hoping to perform well enough to qualify for the State Tournament of Champions.
But how do these boys continuously perform so well? “What makes us special is our depth. If someone has a bad day, there’s a very good chance someone else is having a good day to pick them up,” said senior captain Kevin Murphy. “We have a great combination of talent and players who work hard to improve. With the combination of those two, we are able to play well in all of our matches and tournaments,” junior Bennett Perrine added. His teammates agree, but there’s more to the story.
Each team member contributes to the whole experience. Murphy, for example, acts as a role model for the other players to follow. “He goes about things in a very quiet, humble manner, but he has the ability to turn things up a notch when he needs to,” said golf coach Michael Courtney. “He shows great leadership for the entire team. He is always looking for what is best for the team and not himself individually.” Murphy’s teammates also think of him as a companion and mentor. “He’ll always offer advice to the players who ask for it and tries to help everyone improve,” said Perrine. Other members support the team by always attending practices, even if the conditions are windy and cold. The team never complains about the weather, and players devote their weekends to practicing individually.
Courtney’s attitude is equally important. “He always has a positive mood, no matter how we play, and it’s really important and beneficial that he’s confident in all of us to play well,” Perrine said. Senior Rohan Pakianathan said he agrees, mentioning that Courtney “gives everyone on the team a chance to play, even if one of them isn’t the strongest on the team.”
Courtney credits the team’s success to the players and their drive to improve. “I love watching and listening to them give each other encouragement and help each other with advice on the course,” he said. Although team members will often try to outdo each other, it’s clear the boys are a very tighknit group. “We have a bunch of guys who want to improve and see others improve. That is essential, especially in the matches, as we need to push our partners on if they’re having a bad day,” Pakianathan said. Knowing when to turn their game faces on is one of the players’ important steps to winning. “The best attribute of the team is our effort. We play hard every match. We always try and win, no matter what the situation is,” Perrine said.
Whatever it is that enables these boys to maintain such a great sports record, at the end of the day, perhaps Pakianathan puts it best: “It’s a great group of guys who want to keep North golf at the top.”