Teeing up for tenth straight

BOYS GOLF The Brahmas have excelled in league play with a 9-0 record.

Justin Prakaiphetkul, Asst. Sports Editor

With a 9-0 record in league, the Diamond Bar High School boys golf team looks poised to win its tenth straight league title.

“[The other teams] know that we were undefeated for like the past years, and they want to bring their A game, but we have a lot of momentum going into those games. We have a lot of skill for our team, a lot of potential,” junior co-captain Sam Cho said.

Although the Brahmas have yet to lose, head coach Tony McCabe said that the team did not play up to their usual standards at the start of the season. McCabe also said that the Palomares League has been much stronger than he expected.

“We’re starting to get into the form that we expect,” McCabe said.

The boys extended their league winning streak to nine matches with two wins against Claremont.

The boys won their seventh league match against Wilson with a score of 208-238. Junior Bryan Chiu earned medalist honors by shooting a 37, and senior co-captain Thomas Lee shot a 38.

In their sixth league match, the boys blew out Wilson, 197-278. Cho led the way with a career low of 33, which was one off of the school record, according to McCabe, and freshman Derrick Wang also contributed in the win, finishing with a score of 39. According to Cho, two JV golfers–Wang and junior Kyle Lam–played in the match.

“Our JV players shot very good scores, so it looks good for next year,” Cho said.

Prior to their match against Wilson, the Brahmas faced off against South Hills twice in late March.

On March 27 at the South Hills Country Club, the Brahmas defeated the Huskies with a score of 192-242. Sophomore Leo Lu led the team with a score of 36, while sophomore Ethan Thomas and freshman Wisley Lynn both shot 38. According to McCabe, the team set a DB boys golf record for the lowest points scored at the South Hills Country Club.

“It’s such a hard course; it’s a private course [with] very strict rules,” McCabe said.

On March 29 at the DB Golf Course, the Brahmas dominated the Huskies, 191-278.

McCabe pointed out the boys’ ability to work with one another in matches as one of the reasons as to why the team has been successful.

Typically, the duo of Lu and Thomas open matches for the Brahmas, while Cho and Chiu play in the middle group. Lee and Lynn serve as the team’s closers.

In order to finish league strong, McCabe said that the team must concentrate on hitting fairways, as well as improving their short game.

“It has really gotten us back down to where we should be. We kind of lost a little focus on those two things,” McCabe said.

Cho said that McCabe and assistant coach Jason Tuck have helped lead the team throughout league play. Cho stated that Tuck prepares the team well for away matches, while McCabe dedicates much of his time to guiding the players toward success.

“When it comes to coaching, [McCabe] wants to do what’s best for us. In the matches, he would keep us updated and we’ll keep him updated. I think coach Tuck and coach McCabe are really good coaches,” Cho said.