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Bruins golf on par for another great season

Out on the course, Senior Kadin Dooley participates in golf practice. Photo by Maya Bussinger

As the world begins its journey back to normal, Bruin golfers have gotten back into the swing of things, playing matches with their peers for the first time in months.

Because of the outdoor setting and minimal contact involved in golf, it was one of the first sports to make its comeback. 

Sophomores Zach Schultz and Dakota Ayestaran commented on their favorite moments of golf.

“My favorite part is probably just being able to go out and actually walk around and not have to be sitting indoors for hours on end,” Schultz said. “… It is super annoying to be stuck inside and not know what to do.

“I love it because I am able to go out and play with my brother everyday, and when we have competitions it is very laid back and nothing to worry about,” said Ayestaran. “My favorite part about golf is being able to hang out with my brother, who is a senior, and getting free golf all days of the week.”

Head Golf Coach Gayne Nakano explained the benefits of the team dynamic and what he enjoys most about coaching. 

“I think it is great that we have been able to compete and practice,” he said. “I think it is very important [that] the students get to be part of a team. My favorite part of coaching golf is watching the improvements players have throughout a season and trying to make it a memorable experience for them.” 

Sophomore Theresa Shaw managed to continue golfing throughout the pandemic, but was still excited to see Bear River Golf resume. 

“I feel very excited to have a golf team again and even though we won’t have as many matches, I still like being able to practice with my fellow teammates,” she said. “I play golf individually and in this last year I have played in many regional and national tournaments, so I’ve never stopped playing but having others around to practice and compete with is very fun. My favorite part about playing golf is meeting all the wonderful and classy people and going to very beautiful golf courses.” 

Although it’s been a strange year, Bruin golfers are still looking to compete to the best of their abilities, and take their season as far as it can go.

“I think we will be competing very well,” said Mr. Nakano. “I have not gotten the chance to see that many teams in the league but I think we could be playing for the championship for the boys and girls.”

Schultz noted a key difference in this year’s season: a smaller amount of teams in the league.

“I feel like the team is going to be as competitive as usual, which is not super competitive but still pretty competitive,” he said. “We have a lot less teams and with a lot less teams we have a lot better chance of being one of the top teams.”

Shaw acknowledged the continuity of golf through COVID-19 and her excitement for the rest of the season. 

“A lot of people have been playing golf during these COVID times because it’s one of the only sports that can be played with really no touch points,” she said. “So I think our team will be ready to have fun and hopefully win some matches. We are very competitive and even if we don’t win we will try our best! Go Bruins!”

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