By Ethan Vue, Clarion Staff
For the past several years, Kennedy’s boys golf team has consistently dominated Sacramento Metro League. They have won undefeated league titles, won at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II level, and sent players to compete at Masters Level. The program always taken manages to recruit golfers of all skill levels who are determined to succeed.
The 2019 season would be a repeat of the past, as the Golf Team would go undefeated in all their matches, and send players to Masters. Teammates, Dylan Van Ostrand (class of 2019) and Ethan Lu (class of 2021) both qualified for the Masters Level, where they competed individually against top players in Northern California on May 13th at Spanos Park, Stockton.
Van Ostrand (℅ 2019) captain of the team, has been a star player for Kennedy ever since he joined his freshman year. He chose golf when he was young, and it has been a passion of his ever since. He has participated in various golf tournaments outside of school, which brought additional experience to the team. “I have been on the team since my first year of high school, plus years of training before. I have definitely learned a lot playing cooperating with new players each year.” says Van Ostrand. Playing with new players has given him a better lookout on the sport of golf. However, his greater achievement would be playing in the Masters Level, for the past four years. At Masters, Van Ostrand’s performances were solid, but his last year as a Kennedy golfer would be one of his best. In 2019 Masters Level, he landed in first place with a score of 73 strokes, advancing him to the next level.
Playing alongside Dylan were a variety of students, from all grades. Notably, one sophomore playing extraordinary for the 2019 season was Ethan Lu (℅ 2021). “As a younger player, it has no effect on my gameplay because I just play my game, I don’t care how everyone else does,” Lu says. He comes with a hungry mentality going into tournaments making him a formidable opponent against other schools.. “I practice golf everyday for several hours and playing in tournaments within the year. I’m just trying to do something with my time, maybe make a career out it.” Lu’s motivation would pay off when he got the chance to play at the Masters Level. It would be the first time he ever played in a competition with highly-skilled opponents. When Lu played at the tournament, he put up a great effort ending with a score of 88 strokes. He may have not performed as well as Lu, but showed he had the potential to be a star. This minor small score at Masters, would only further his desire to become a better player, hoping to bounce back stronger into the next season.
The Boys Kennedy Golf Team was a successful season, with every award and dedicated player the team had. Each player was super passionate about golf, and it served as a backbone for the program. Their sheer hard work was what made the golf team, as they put in the necessary time. Everyday after school, players would practice for many hours even if it was time to go home. It was starting to become a daily part of their routines, and shaped the outcome of their golf year. The players made the season a outstanding year, creating their own destiny on how the season should end.