Men’s golf breezes to first place

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By Karen Pegueros

Finishing first, the men’s golf team poses for a photo following their victory. Photo courtesy of Coach Sawaia
Finishing first, the men’s golf team poses for a photo following their victory. Photo by Coach Sawaia

Winds of 45 miles per hour howled past the men’s golf players as they took first place in the Sunrise Regional Tournament Tuesday, May 9 at Reflection Bay Golf Course after scoring 392 for the fourth consecutive time. Sophomore Dylan Fritz also took first place for the region.

“It felt great to win regionals, but more importantly we got the team win. For myself it was a bit of redemption after my performance last year, but I was excited after making my putt on the last hole,” Fritz said.

Due to the conditions and the difficulty of the course, the scores were higher than usual. Fritz finished at 3-over-par 75. Teammate Joey Dotta, sophomore, came trailing behind with two additional strokes.

“We played well considering the weather conditions. It was super windy and kind of cool temperatures, but I think they they handled it very well,” Coach Joe Sawaia said.

Benjamin Sawai, sophomore, and freshmen Logan Bleazard and Brett Sodetz all tied with 80 points for fourth. Blake Woodie, senior, finished with 85 points.

“It was fun and a good challenge due to the course. [State] will be a good fight because Palo Verde High School has a good team as well, but hopefully we’ll come out on top,” Woodie said.

The Cougars head to state next Tuesday, May 15 to play at Toiyable Golf Club in Reno, NV at noon.

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Karen Pegueros is an open-minded yet outspoken junior and this year’s co-editor-in-chief. It is her third year on staff. She is a mid-distance runner in track and field, trainer for Polynesian Dance Club, and a member of the AP Executive Council for the AP Academy. Karen has an odd fascination with potatoes and an endless love for macaroni and cheese. Known for her long flowing hair, she is your typical girl who adores traveling around the world and learning new things. Karen is fluent in Spanish and is currently in Japanese 3H. Since the age of four, she has wanted to graduate from Harvard Law School. Her life goal, however, is to be happy.