by Lauren Scott
Small, but mighty, Chadwick’s boys golf team has a good chance at making it far this spring season. In comparison to an inconsistent past, the team is back on track and headed in the right direction again.
Mike Galloway, the Chadwick golf team coach, says, “This team is starting to rival the great teams Chadwick has had in its past.”
“This year could end up being one of the better years in Chadwick Golf’s history,” says junior Michael Stone, captain of the golf team. For a while, Chadwick’s golf team was one of the best teams in the South Bay. However, in 2009 and 2010, Chadwick has had a hard time bringing in wins.
“Last year, we were younger and had some injuries. Our League record was 0-10, 1-10 overall. The year before that we were 2-8 in league,” says Coach Mike Galloway.
However this year, the golf team hopes to make their way back up to the excellent team it used to be—and it seems to be heading in that direction. The Chadwick boys golf team has a tough road ahead of them playing large schools in Bay League like South Torrance, Mira Costa, Peninsula, Redondo Union and West Torrance. However, they have a great shot in finishing first this year.
So far this season, the team has had much success. They have won all of their home games and even an away game making them 3-2 in league. The team is already in third place out of eight teams after winning most of their games as well. The boy’s golf team has also made a goal to make it to CIF, with strong contributors like Stone and others leading the way. If they win the rest of their matches, Chadwick has a chance to become co-champions or even win Bay League. Advancing far in CIF Individual Competition is another goal for some this season.
Not only has this golf season brought success in golf games, but also in the strong bond between the players. There are a few, but great personalities added to the golf team that help contribute to the relaxed and friendly chemistry between teammates. “They’ve created strong, new friendships and helped strengthen existing ones, and they help make everyone want to play better,” Stone says.
Even newcomers to the team found a nice niche in the team bond. Freshman Michael Duan says, “It is easy to fit in.”
As far as strengths, the team has a lot of depth. Any of the top seven on the team can get the lowest score of the game so if someone has an off day, he can depend on his teammates for a good score. The only weakness Galloway says is that the team is young and they don’t have any seniors on the varsity team, however this will change for next year.
Stone says, “I just want to thank the people who have shown support for Chadwick Golf, and I hope we can continue to represent Chadwick well for the rest of the season.”