Men’s Golf: Ball Striking Wonders

Katrina Kovalik

Despite having only nine players this year, the men’s golf team has been utilizing all of its old, as well as new, talent in relentless pursuit of making it to NCS.

This season’s leading scorers include team captains Alex Paxton ‘10 and Will Lavis ‘11 as well as Jordan Nevares ‘11, Erik Thompson ‘11, Patrick Fabian ‘13 and Kevin Swimmer ‘13. Other team members include Taylor Campbell ‘13, Willie Berkowitz ‘13 and Ryan Stanton ‘12.

The Mats are scheduled to play 12 league matches this season and already have nine under their belt. On Wed., April 21 they faced off against Dublin, who won DFAL last year.

“Dublin is going to be one of the tougher teams,” said Swimmer. “The players that won DFAL last year for Dublin were sophomores and juniors and now they’re juniors and seniors so they’ll probably be better.”

At the Aiello Invitational Tournament hosted by Discovery Bay Country Club on March 22, Swimmer took home medalist honors after surpassing San Ramon Valley’s star player by one stroke.

During the boys’ weekday practices at Orinda Country Club or Tilden Park, coach Rick Eisenhour and assistant coach Skip Vulpe keep the team focused.

“Eisenhour’s definitely a good coach,” said  Fabian. “He’s a little serious and a bit of a perfectionist, which really helps us, especially for putting.”

The team has practiced a lot this year and has suffered a few losses with a current record of 3-5, but the players still have an optimistic outlook on the season.

Although Campolindo is the golf team’s biggest rival and always turns out to be the main rival of most Miramonte sports teams, the players know that schools like Dublin and Alhambra are the real threats.

“We should have a good rest of the season and have some great wins,” said Erik Thompson ‘11. “We have great talent this year and there are only home matches left which makes a big difference.”