By Jack Davis
After failing to qualify for the third round of CIF by just four strokes, the boysâ varsity golf team was eliminated from CIF playoffs and failed to reach its goal of competing for a state championship.
“The whole team was disappointed by not qualifying,” Co-Captain Glen Scher â09 said. Scher was one three Wolverine golfers who made all league, as well as Co-Captain Bobby Lange â09 and Charlie Benell â12.
“Nobody really had great rounds in that second round, if just one of us would have shot a little better we would have qualified. It wasnât any individual person, it was a real team loss,” Scher said.
The squad finished the regular season with a 12-1 overall record, including a 10-1 record in league play. The teamâs one loss in league play came against Loyola, 200-196. It split the season series with Loyola, winning its first match against the Cubs 196-200, with the two teams ending the season with identical 10-1 league records. Since they finished with identical league records and tied their season series, Loyola and Harvard-Westlake were crowned co-champions of the Mission League.
The squad placed third in Western Regional at Montebello Golf Course, shooting low enough to advance to the second round CIF team finals at Rancho San Marcos Golf Course in Santa Barbara. Its run would stop there, however, as the team fell short of its original goal to qualify for the state championship and failed to reach CIF team finals, like the golf team from the year before.
Despite the failure to qualify for the third round of CIF, Head Coach Scott Wood remained positive about the direction of the program, and that the team will be strong again next year, despite the losses of senior captains Scher and Lange.
“We got out of the regional for the fourth time in seven years to the CIF team final, which is good for our program,” Wood said. “That being said, because of our depth, talent, and experience, of course we were disappointed not to make it to the state qualifier. I am very proud of this team, what they have accomplished and who they are. They always competed and were a very close knit group. Losing Glen and Bobby leaves big shoes to fill, but I feel confident that Jeff Wibawa â10, Charlie Benell, and Mark Mackey â10 will be a strong group for next year.”
While the season might have ended at San Marcos for the Wolverines as a team, it did not end individually for Benell. Benell finished third in the league and advanced to the second round of CIF individuals, shooting a 72 at the Northern Division Individuals, according to Wood. Benell played yesterday at Hacienda Country Club in the Individual Final Championship, an accomplishment Wood called “huge.”