By Robbie Loeb
An 11-stroke win over the rival Loyola Cubs on April 17 at Loyola’s home course, Wilshire Country Club, narrowed the gap in the race for the boys’ golf Mission League title. After the win, the Wolverines dropped their next match two days later against Loyola by five strokes.
“In the loss, we got a little bit over confident, and we did not play with the same intensity we played with in the first match,” scoring-leader Bakari Bolden ’14 said.
The last time the golf team beat Loyola was in a one-stroke win two years ago.
“This year, Loyola was undefeated heading into the match and odds were against us, but we didn’t let that get in our heads,” Jeffrey Aronson ’15 said. “We went in as an underdog but with a strong belief that we could beat them. Heading into Thursday, we were way too cocky because of Tuesday’s win. Golf is 50 percent mental.”
The Wolverines stand second in league at 6-4 behind Loyola after the loss, with a one-match advantage over third place Notre Dame.
The team will play its final regular season match tomorrow against Alemany.
“We stand a great chance in the playoffs,” Andrew Sohn ’13 said. “I think that once we gather some momentum going into CIF, we will very difficult to beat.”
The Wolverines have won a match off every league opponent so far, which serves as a reminder to the team that it can win on any given day, Sohn said.
“When we win, it’s about the team,” Parker Thomas ’12 said. “We’ve got three guys up front, Bakari, Charlie [Benell ’12] and Max [Goodley ’12]. At least one of them is going low on any given day. I think the wins are just about everybody doing their part, whether it’s Bakari shooting 3-under or Michael [Aronson ’13] shooting 1-over.”
The Wolverines will head to League Finals at Lakewood Country Club April 30 where a win could give them their first league title since 2009.
“Everyone on our team is capable of shooting under par on any given day,” Jeffrey said. “That’s just the way golf is. When all of us are at our best, there isn’t a team in the state that can beat us.”