RIVERSIDE: At the General Olds course near March Air Force Base, the boys from King had a great overall team performance to win in their league match against Roosevelt.
Four players shot 38 and led King to their lowest score of the season. It did not have any individual stars but everyone collectively played well. Jake Flaczinski, Sam Butler, Michael Higginbotham, Joel Gonsier were the 38 cards. It was also the lowest # 5 score King has had this year as both their fifth and sixth players shot 41.
“It is our second straight match we have played with desire and toughness.” said Coach LeDuc
“Though we lost the league opener to Santiago away by 2 points on Tuesday we played with heart. The first two weeks of the season lacked that. We are finally starting to play with competitiveness.”
After LeDuc made a few grouping changes and discussed effort in both matches the team reflected a greater motivation.
“We have dropped about 16 strokes (3 strokes a guy) since week one of our season.” LeDuc said, “Now we are playing at the level I expected us to be playing at this season so I am real proud of the effort.”
A humorous event made the win even more enjoyable. Flaczinski accidentally picked up a player’s ball, thinking it was just an inerrant, out of play artifact of the course. Though it would cost the team two strokes, in hindsight it caused a few laughs.
Better than the humorous incident, is a growing camaraderie and team work among the King players that brings LeDuc a sense of satisfaction.
“Communication is very important.” said LeDuc. “There is a reason professionals have a caddy. It is somebody to throw ideas off of, get advice, tell you when you are going to try something that is silly. Your partner in high school golf is like your mini caddy. If you don’t use him you’re going to play worse.”
King is now 2-3 overall and 1-1 in league.