It is that time of year; time for the season reviews to begin rolling out here on Cinn City Sports. The first review is for the golf team, which recorded the first undefeated regular season in the history of the program in 2015.
Led by first-year head coach Bret Jenkins, the golf team picked up where it left off in 2014. The Pirates were easily the team to beat in Burlington County this year, especially since the squad picked up another first; a BC Open title.
“I think it meant a lot to them,” Jenkins said. “There has been some great golf teams at this school, and the fact that they were the first team to do it, I think made it really special for them. There are also a lot of big schools at the county open, and to not only compete with those Group 4’s, but to beat them, was a great accomplishment for the boys.”
The win at the BC Open came after the squad started the season with three consecutive victories and an 8th-place finish at the Garden State Cup at Blue Herron Pines West.
At this point, the squad was just getting started. The Pirates would roll off eight more wins for 11 in a row to begin the year before taking part in the Carl Arena Tournament. There were 53 teams at this tournament and the Pirates finished 6th.
“It was fairly easy to stay even-keeled because every week we had another big thing to prepare for,” Jenkins explained. “Whether it was a big match or a tournament, there was always something important coming and that allowed the boys to stay even-keeled.”
Cinnaminson would win four more matches to finish the regular season 15-0.
“It’s one of those things that we will talk about for years,” Jenkins said. “Obviously since it’s the first time it’s an extremely hard accomplishment, and something that teams always say they would like to do but usually are unable.”
Two of those 15 wins came against Burlington Township and Moorestown, who beat Cinnaminson in 2014. Cinnaminson beat Burlington Township 154-168 and Moorestown 157-167. The Pirates toughest opponent this year had to be Northern Burlington, according to Jenkins, because it was the closest score of the season.
“Score-wise, Northern Burlington ended up being the toughest. At their course they put up a 153, which was the lowest anyone had scored against us this season. Luckily we were able to put up a 145 and come out victorious.”
The Pirates took part in the NJSIAA State Tournament early in May to qualify for the State, Group 2 Finals. Cinnaminson finished 3rd in this tournament. To end the 2015 season, the Pirates competed at the BCSL Tournament, coming in third behind Moorestown and Burlington Township.
“I couldn’t have been more lucky to step in as a first year coach into a program that is as solid as this one,” Jenkins said. “That is a great testament to Coach Masi and what he established here as a golf program. I was also very fortunate to get to coach the kids that I did. Obviously, they were very successful golfers and had a very successful season, but more importantly they were great kids to be around, and great representations of our school.”