RIVERSIDE: Poly and King, the two rivals of the last decade put their skills to the test at General Old Golf Club and the Wolves came away the winners, 203-213, with the low score victorious.
“This is good to get off to a good start to the season. Nobody played the match they really wanted but they continued to play hard and earned a big win over an in city rival.” explained Coach LeDuc
In any cross town rivalry, it’s always good to come out with the win. Local “bragging rights” don’t last long, but in a rivalry against an historically strong program like Poly’s it can be especially sweet.
“Both teams know each other well and have played the course so it brings out a big competitive spirit” LeDuc said.
“Everything is building for league and being able to play when it matters and under pressure … so it was a good start to the season.”
King is still working out the details of consistency and putting. In a team sport where literally every stroke matters in the final score, attention to such things is critically important.
“If we hit an amazing drive and then miss two putts inside of five feet we are killing ourselves” LeDuc commented.
But still, the victory proved that King can play with some of the top teams in the CIF Division. As the team absorbs the loss of some talented graduated seniors from last year’s Big 8 Championship team, the expectation that younger, newer guys get comfortable in matches that matter is felt.
“At the end of the day, we hope that it will lead to a successful season” LeDuc said.
Beating Poly at the end of this day is certainly a good place to start.