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The Cinnaminson High School golf team competed at the Central-South Group 1 Sectional Tournament on Monday morning at the Town and Country Golf Course in Woodstown and came away as sectional champions.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my team today,” senior Tim Jones said after the win. “Having three scores in the top five was huge. I am expecting the same results for states.”
This is the second Central-South Group 1 Sectional title in three years for Cinnaminson.
“The scores we had, with the conditions, I was surprised at what we had,” head coach Bret Jenkins said. “When you look at some of the scores from other teams, I thought those were the scores we would have today with the conditions.”
The Pirates finished in first with a team score of 317. Gateway finished in second, a whopping 25 strokes behind the Pirates with a team score of 342.
“It was great because first they do individuals and they do top five. We had three in the top five,” Jenkins said. “That was really cool to see.”
“To see Timmy Jones, our senior, walk up and take that trophy, it was neat to see. Especially since we finished in second by one stroke last year. Our seniors made sure that didn’t happen again this year.”
Cinnaminson finished in second place at the sectional tournament last season by just one stroke.
The top two teams advance to the Group 1 State Championship/Tournament of Champions on Monday, May 23 at Hopewell Valley Golf Club.
The top five golfers for Cinnaminson were Greg Shiffer at 76, Tim Jones at 78, Zach Howard at 79, Josh Elder at 84 and TJ Emanuel at 85.
“I think it was big that Zach Howard, in his first big tournament, to shoot in the 70s is very impressive,” Jenkins said. “Three guys in the 70s is impressive.”
“To have your fifth score as an 85 is really impressive as other teams are throwing out high 90s or scores in the 100s. To have the top five kids at 85 or better with the conditions is even better.”
The Pirates had three of the top five golfers on the day in Shiffer, Jones and Howard.
“I played very well today, especially for the windy conditions, and the team did a great job to get the victory,” Shiffer said following the victory. “We hope to do well in states next week.”
The Pirates golf team returns to match play tomorrow with an away match against Moorestown at 3:45pm. The Pirates took down the Quakers by 10 strokes last season 157-167.
Moorestown suffered its first loss of the season last week (Thursday) to Montgomery by just one stroke. Moorestown is coming off the Central-South Group 3 Sectional title on Monday.
“Obviously Moorestown, especially being at Laurel Creek, I think it’s a confidence booster,” Jenkins said. “Not just because we won it, but because of how well they shot today.”
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