Individual performance leads Boys golf to successful season

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Peter Duffer

Senior Michael DeSalvo chips from the fairway off a solid drive,

John Boles, Assistant opinion editor

With the fall sports seasons coming to an end, teams have made a genuine effort to reach their expectations. AP Economics teacher Peter Duffer coached the team, including top scorers senior Mike DeSalvo and junior Connor Burhop, who consistently shot in the mid to upper 80’s throughout the season.
“We really just try to focus and take practices seriously every day so we can improve as much as possible,” Burhop said. “We enjoy the game, which makes it a lot easier to concentrate our energy on the golf course and later translate it to the competition.”
The team practiced after school every day, playing with nine holes per day under coach instruction.
Senior Alex Pietras was happy with the team and how it has managed to maintain its high level of competitiveness with scoring.
“I really feel like if we didn’t have a few standout guys, it would have been hard to be successful,” Pietras said. “It comes down to the numbers and the final, hopefully low, score, so it’s amazing to see our progress despite having some mid–range players.”
With the opportunity to practice at the Buffalo Grove Golf Course, open to the public, players are given the opportunity to play daily and for free. The team’s access to a golf course contributes to its ability to hone their skills through trial and error.
“The kids put in a solid effort that I’m proud of,” Duffer said. “Next year, we’re going to try to build off of this routine, which focused on fundamentals.”