Swinging toward new procedures

Staying on par with expectations, Diamond Bar High School boys golf is stepping up to the tee with high hopes, despite changes to their customary seasons.

After girls golf completed their season in December, the initial tryouts for the team were held the same month, with their practice beginning in January. 

However, due to the temporary closing of Diamond Bar Golf Course, they had to shift practices over to Mountain Meadows Golf Course as their primary training course.

On Mar. 8th, the team played their first match at the Glendora High School Invitational, in which they placed eighth out of 38 teams. The team was led by junior Henry Yang shooting three over par 75, freshman Samson Li’s 77 and senior David Cho’s 84. Coach Jason Tuck said that it was the strongest field they have seen in years and is happy with the result. 

“We have always been looking for areas of improvement, and in this event we could have been a little more accurate off the tee and hit more fairways,” Tuck said. “It is still early in the season and we still haven’t yet reached the mid season form. We have confidence that the best is yet to come.”

Aside from their league game against Glendora, the team has also played three non-league matches, two against San Dimas High School and one against La Habra High School, winning all three. 

Tuck said he thinks the team has a great mix of senior leadership and experience, with Henry Yang as the team captain and the co-captain undecided. While the team is considerably young, many of them are returners and talented underclassmen with competitive experience. 

“We believe we are in a position to be one of the top teams in the league, so our expectations are high based on past experience,” Tuck said. “We also hope to make a great run in the postseason CIF and State competition both as a team and on the individual side. We have the talent and experience to do great things this year.”