ARHS golf team finds its stroke this season


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Robert DeGroot ’21 lines up his shot.

Jack Calonico ’19, Staff Writer

Spring is in the air, and balls are flying off tees as Riordan’s Golf season is officially underway.

The team kicked off the season against Sacred Heart Cathedral at the historic Olympic Club, home to the 2012 US Open. The Irish won the match 297-224, but Riordan meets them again later on in the season for a second matchup.

Senior leader and four year Riordan golfer, Vince Sanbraillo had this to say about his last year at Riordan, “It’s truly surreal. I can’t believe four years went by like that but I’m excited to finish out the rest of the season with my brothers and the future of the program.”

At the Dave Bonetti Classic held at the Crazy Horse Ranch, Riordan took 6th place and showed improvement in many ways.

“We’re all getting more comfortable playing now with practices every Wednesday and we feel especially confident at Harding considering it’s been our home course for the past few years,” Sanbraillo said.

After the tournament, the team was back to the regular season, facing top tier schools in the state such as Bellarmine, Saint Ignatius, Archbishop Mitty, Serra, and Valley Christian. The squad couldn’t manage to pull out a league victory in the regular season, but showed major strides in getting better.

Dominic Stevens ’20 said, “Recently, I’vebeen shooting my best and have confidencein each of my teammates to do well every time we go out for a match.”

The teams super matches against their WCAL counterparts of Serra, Mitty, and St. Francis didn’t go as planned, but ended up coming within 4 points of beating Aragon in their regular season match.