Boys golf beats Novato

By Jake Davis

Tam’s boys golf team won on March 29, shooting a combined 182 against Novato High, 205. After a victory the day before against San Rafael, the team was intent on winning.

“We had a match versus San Rafael yesterday, we did very well against them,” said coach Mark Campagna on the day of the Novato match. “We had a combined score of 180 and 250 for San Rafael. Today will be a much tougher match, if we shoot the same screw we’ll do very well.”

Tam junior Chris Byrne began the San Rafael match, driving the ball to the green to set up an easy chip and putt. Junior Tucker Nichols joined Byrne with a par on the first hole, and a sense of victory was soon hanging in the air. Another key play for Tam was a birdy by Nichols on the 7th hole.

“I hit a good tee shot and made a thirty foot putt for the birdie,” Nichols explained.

Junior Sean Lee (also a Tam News reporter) was the first place medalist for the match. Lee played solidly through the entire match, helping to bring the team to victory.

“[Nichols] gives the team a huge boost and [with] the way we are playing right now, I think we can make a run at [first place],” said Byrne. “[It was] not my best game; I shot a 39. I made a lot of bad decisions but I was able to birdie, in my opinion, on the most difficult hole on the course number two.”

Throughout the match, the great sportsmanship shown by the Tam players made it clear that this is more than just about beating opponents. It is about honoring the sport itself.