Golf team makes school history

Falcons place 1st at district competition, advance to stat

Matia Puljic, Sports Editor

The boys golf team won the Class 4 District 1 title on May 9. The team consisted of Andrew Faust, Gavin Greenwalt, Connor Medlin, Yash Rao, and Jacob Schreiner, all of which will advance to the State Championship on May 16-17.

This year, the team made school history by being the first at Rockwood Summit to ever win the District Championship. Varsity head coach Sam Haug said that the team’s preparation throughout the season led them to win the title.

“We played multiple practice rounds at Crown Pointe throughout the season, we had a good idea that districts would be hosted there. We also played in two competitive tournaments this season, Farmington Invitational and the Mehlville Cup, in preparation for the event,” Haug said. “[As a result], Summit won their district for the first time in school history.”

Due to the windy weather conditions, most of the players at the tournament struggled at the beginning. Senior Connor Medlin said that his experience was rocky towards the beginning, but as time went on, he came back.

“Almost everyone struggled because of the consistent 35 mile an hour winds, [causing] the start of the tournament [to go] pretty bad for me,” Medlin said. “I took time to adjust, and once I did I came back. Once I found out I made it, I felt like all the pressure I had on myself was lifted.”

Sophomore Yash Rao said that he was content with the team’s results at districts because the whole team won districts and will be attending state together. He said this is because the team put in a lot of work over the duration of the season, practicing on their own when practices weren’t scheduled.

“For districts, we prepared as a team and we also had to prepare on our own time. We would head up to the Family Golf Center after school on days we didn’t have any events. Also playing in matches and tournaments was good for on-course experience,” Rao said. “When I made state I was happy, but I was happier for the team because we were all going and we had won districts.”

Although junior Jacob Schreiner said that the conditions were not ideal and some of his hits weren’t the best, he was delighted with his outcome at the district championship. Before state, he hopes to improve his game in some aspects.

“At districts I feel my ball-striking was very good and getting around the course with the tough conditions very well. My putting could have been improved but I am very happy with how it turned out as I shot an 81 and finished 3rd overall. When I found the team won districts and qualified for state I was very happy as I went to state last year and I want my team states to have an opportunity to compete at that level,” Schreiner said. “For state I just have to continue to improve my putting in order to have a good showing at state.”

Now that the state championship tournament is nearing, Haug said that he wishes that each player plays to their full potential, and takes it into consideration that most Summit teams don’t make it to state. This will bring the team to the podium.

“I hope that each player plays up to their potential and enjoys the experience, it isn’t every year that Summit qualifies a team to state,” Haug said. “If the boys do play well, I hope that we have a chance to end up on the medal stand as a team at the end of the tournament (top four team in the state).”