The Pirates golf team enjoyed another undefeated season in 2016 and a Central-South Group 1 Sectional title. Here is our season review.
After the program’s first-ever undefeated season in 2015 and first-ever Burlington County Open title, it wasn’t hard for those around the program to wonder what the 2016 had in store for the Pirates.
“The guys are very dedicated to the game of golf,” head coach Bret Jenkins said. “After losing Dave Gall and Matt Haddon last year, they knew they had a lot of work to do if they wanted to have the same success. They all improved their games tremendously in the off season, and also gained a lot more confidence than they had in the past.”
The Pirates picked up right where they left off in 2015 with a win on opening day over New Egypt by a score of 163-218.
Cinnaminson rolled right along, winning their first three matches of the season prior to the BC Open.
The golf team finished fifth at the BC Open this year as Greg Shiffer and Zach Howard led the way by shooting an 87.
Cinnaminson then won seven more matches in a row after the BC Open to move to 10-0.
At 10-0, the Pirates took part in the Carl Arena Tournament, finishing 9th with a team score of 340. Tim Jones finished 6th overall with a score of 78. Shiffer finished with an 80.
The Pirates played two tight matches with Burlington Township this season, winning via tiebreaker on the road and by one point at home.
“Beating Burlington Township on the road this year was definitely the signature win of the season,” Jenkins said. “Then later in the year beating them again at home, was a great accomplishment.”
After the Carl Arena Tournament, the Pirates won three more matches to head into the sectional tournament at 13-0.
Cinnaminson competed at the Central-South Group 1 Sectional in Woodstown and came away as the champions after finishing in second place last season.
Shiffer led the way for the Pirates with a 76 and Jones finished with a 78.
“I think a sectional title helped bring some attention to the program, and will hopefully give some young kids an interest in coming to play for the program,” Jenkins said. “With there now being 6 male sports in the spring season alone, it’s getting harder and harder to get younger kids out for the team.”
The golf team won two more matches after the sectional match to finish the year at 15-0.
Cinnaminson finished the season with the state finals and then the BCSL Open. At the finals, the Pirates finished in second for Group 1 behind North Warren.
“I think getting so close to a state title this season, gave the younger guys a taste of what it takes to win it all,” Jenkins said. “There are some great golf schools locally in our group, and also north jersey has produced some great teams the past few years. I think they now realize the amount of work that will need to be put in by them, to get to the top.”
At the BCSL Open, the final event of the 2016 golf season, the Pirates finished in second place as Shiffer shot a 79.
Jenkins offered his final thoughts on the team and where it is headed in 2017:
“The most improved golfers this season, weren’t starters for us. Colin Kravitz and Jake Weick were definitely the most improved from day 1 to the end of the season, and I think they have the ability to make a strong push to get in the lineup next year.”
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