While TGS baseball players were understandably disappointed after the remainder of their season was cancelled, the golf team saw it as a silver lining. Coach Jim Carlson saw his seven-person team grow to a nine-person team with the addition of two new players, senior Danny Benson and sophomore Ben Deitch. Both were previously on the baseball team and wanted to continue playing a spring sport.
Benson says that he’s “always wanted to play golf but it was during the baseball season so I couldn’t. I finally got my chance and played my first match last week. I like playing on the golf team because it is fun to try something new. I’ve played golf my whole life but never on a team in an official match, and although it’s the same game it has a very different aspect to it which I like.”
Deitch is new to golf, but has been enjoying it so far. Of the team, he said “we’re not too bad, we beat Immaculate Heart. It’s been rough for me because I haven’t been here from the beginning of the season but it’s been fun. The people on the team are nice.”
In addition to Benson and Deitch, the team is made up of seniors Nick Neal, Heather MacQuarrie, and Marcos Castillo, juniors Skylar Decker and Austin Boocher, sophomore Jaiveer Katariya, and freshman Elena Acuña.
Neal, captain of the team, said, “The season is going pretty well. We recently had an invitational in Prescott where the weather was really bad, but we were still able to put up some impressive scores. For the rest of the season I would like to finish strong because this hasn’t been my best year and I would like to have some really good matches to finish off with.”
Carlson also has high aspirations for the remaining weeks. He said, “I’m hoping that Nick, Skylar, and Heather will make the state tournament, but there’s a whole new system of qualifications this year.”
The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) has a new qualification system for the State Tournament this year. In previous years, qualifications for the state tournament were based on teams meeting a certain score five times during the season. This year, the qualifications are different in that seven section winners and eight at-large teams will go to the State Tournament which is held in Prescott. Ten individual players from non-qualifying teams will also be able to compete.
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