After finishing the 2015 regular season with a 15-0 record, golf opens season with a victory against the Warriors in surprisingly cold weather.
“I think not only coming out with the win, but the guys shooting pretty well, especially with the weather the way it was today,” head coach Bret Jenkins said. “To get a match in and something that counts, we should be good to go.”
The 2016 golf season at Cinnaminson High School began on Tuesday and the Pirates picked up a win over New Egypt 163-218.
“We learned how to win last year,” senior Josh Elder said. “I think we’ve got a good group of guys. We learned how to contend and play with the best.”
The month of March was a good one for the Pirates, weather wise, because they were able to practice with warm temperatures, sunny skies and with little precipitation to worry about.
“We were just grinding everyday, beating balls, making putts,” senior Tim Jones said. “Especially during practice, we wouldn’t give up putts, just like in a tournament.”
With plenty of practice under their belts the Pirates finally got to hit the links Tuesday for a match that counted towards something and they picked up right where they left off in 2015.
“I think we got out five or six more times this year compared to last year,” Jenkins said. “Even when we were getting out last year it was terrible conditions. I think that definitely helped us.”
The Pirates were led by Elder and Jones, the top two scorers for Cinnaminson. Elder finished with a 38 and Jones a 40.
“This is pretty much where we thought we’d be, in the 160-165 range,” Jenkins said. “Shooting 163 and not even counting two scores that were pretty good as well as a whole with the six. All in all, I thought it was a good day.”
Greg Shiffer shot a 41 and Zach Howard a 44. TJ Emanuel picked up a 46 and Nick Aninos a 47 to round out the top six. The top four scores are taken for the final match results.
“Last year we definitely got ahead of ourselves,” Jones said. “We knew we had talent and looked toward the state championship too early. This year we are trying to stay in the moment.”
Jenkins liked the fact that the entire top six had a good day collectively against New Egypt.
“The fact that all six scored well today, and you only take four, even if we had to use five and six it wouldn’t have been bad either,” Jenkins said. “I think they’re thrilled that we finally got started.”
Cinnaminson does not hit the links again until Tuesday, April 12 at 3:45 with a home match against Bordentown at Riverton Country Club.
“Some of the guys weren’t happy with their scores today, but they have to realize they played well today,” Jenkins said. “It’s nice to see that they want to improve, but they played well today.”
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