Lost in the sturm and drang of the board, is the finish of the Men's Golf Team in the PL Championship last weekend.
The men finished 6th of 8 teams - doesn't sound great but ties for the highest the HC men have ever finished, with 2 golfers in the top 10 - a junior Christian Emmerich 6th at +2 for the tournament and a freshman Owen Eagan 10th at +6 for the tournament.
Overall the team finished at +31 for the tournament (6 strokes ahead of 8th place) but also 4 strokes out of 4th and 6 strokes out of 3rd place.
A quick review of the PL championship shows that is by far the teams best finish even 2007 when HC's Matt Czarnecki won PL Player of the year and we still tied for 6th (last) place in the 7 team PL.. Seems like the team is competitive with the PL - which has hardly been the case in the past.
As an optimist I take the broader success of the whole team as a glimmer of improvement/hope!
Always a possibility, but I'd guess most, if not all of them have a realistic understanding of where they stand in regards to a possible professional future and appreciate the academics available at HC. I for one, would not e unhappy if anyone of them was so successful at the PL level of play that some of the bigger golf programs came a calling.
Post by purplehaze on May 16, 2022 20:03:25 GMT -5
This is an example of a coach (Steve Napoli) knowing what he’s doing in attracting good players without schollie money - there are simply so many skilled young players out there -it’s a matter of making the effort - the womens team is a little behind the men in recruiting but showing some improvement
Post by princetoncrusader on May 17, 2022 8:18:03 GMT -5
You are spot on about Coach Napoli, purplehaze. He was going to attend an AJGA tournament at the Springdale Club in Princeton last summer, but cancelled his scouting trip as the player he was pursuing dropped out of the event. He is clearly willing to scour the East Coast for talent. I also admire his dedication to the program. During the COVID academic year, I went to exactly one HC athletic event--the Peacock Classic held at a course in Branchburg, NJ. HC was one of about 15 teams in attendance. It was mid-March 2021 and the temperature at tee off was 32 degrees. Steve was out there for at least 5 hours with his guys--all six of them. I got cold and left after an hour. It was interesting to watch him coach the players on the course. He thanked me for my attendance. I was chatting with one of the players on the women's team over the weekend. She said Kit sought their input as he starts the hiring process for a new coach. She also said Steve runs very well organized practices, in contrast to the now retired women's team coach. Will be interesting to see who they land given what I am sure is a modest compensation package for the position.
Post by cruskater31 on May 18, 2022 9:57:27 GMT -5
One of our senior golfers is headed to Mount Saint James next year and finished first in the ISL golf championship this week. He was named MVP of the Kingman Cup (League Championship). Hopefully this bodes well for the squad next year.