Strong team morale of boys’ varsity golf gives confident start to season

Julia Merron

Junior Kane Lauterman puts the ball in the hole, saving par on the fifth hole at Marin Country Club.

Since last season, boys’ varsity golf has increased the strength and depth of its players, including seniors Anthony Alioto and Evan Solter who each scored 78 at the Wildcat Invitational on March 4. This year, the team has a high morale and is focused on learning from their mistakes in 2018 North Coast Section (NCS) where they placed 11th.

Senior Johnny Kasday, who transferred from New York in August, has has played golf competitively for 11 years and is expected to be a strong addition to the team this season.

A recent transfer from New York, senior Johnny Kasday flops the ball out of the sand.

According to Alioto, the biggest competitors the team is anticipating are De La Salle, who placed 2nd in NCS, and Tam, who placed 5th in NCS. However, the boys hope to face this competition with a positive mindset and supportive team dynamic.

“Golf is an individual sport, but our team chemistry is really good right now because we’ve been playing with each other for two to three years and we all have a good team bond. Last year there was a lot of competition between players, but now our players are more focused on winning instead of themselves,” Solter said.

Watching the ball slightly miss the hole, senior Evan Solter gains a stroke while competing against Novato High School.

According to head coach Ryan Lloyd, the team has not been able to compete in as many matches due to heavy rain from the past couple of weeks.

“We’ve only had one match so far and usually we’ve had three or four matches by now, so hopefully we’ll get the schedule in and get the kids out there consistently every day,” Lloyd said.

Regardless of their lack of game opportunity, the team continues to strive for excellence.

“We’re always trying to play the best we can. We don’t want to lower our expectations based on how the other teams are playing, so staying at the level we’re at and improving from there is going to be really important,” Alioto said.

The team’s next match is against Novato at Meadow Club on April 1.