Young golfers beat younger Watsonville

Gilroy
– The Gilroy boys’ golf team is 1-1 in this young season after
beating Watsonville 229 to 244 on Wednesday at Eagle Ridge GC. The
Mustangs had previously finished between Palma (198) and North
Salinas (275) in a three-way match at Eagle Ridge on Feb. 28,
scoring a team total of 228.
Gilroy – The Gilroy boys’ golf team is 1-1 in this young season after beating Watsonville 229 to 244 on Wednesday at Eagle Ridge GC. The Mustangs had previously finished between Palma (198) and North Salinas (275) in a three-way match at Eagle Ridge on Feb. 28, scoring a team total of 228.

“Palma and Salinas are going to be the teams to beat this year,” said head coach Eric Kuwada. “GHS has a very young team. We played many seniors last year and so we have some inexperience on the team.

“Playing at the JV level is quite a bit different than the varsity.”

Leading the way for the ‘Stangs thus far this year is junior Stephen Freeth, who carded a 38 in the Palma/North Salinas match and a 40 against Watsonville on a wet track. Freshman Estevan Gonzalez shot a 45 and a 43 in Gilroy’s first two matches, and was joined by Jase Murray (49/49), Jami Binowski (51/43), Jordan Miller (51/54), Chad Wilson (45 on Feb. 28) and Ryan Clark (51 on Wednesday).

“It was good to play Palma early,” said Kuwada, “so the young guys can see what it takes to score as a team and play well. I am a firm believer that you learn most about your game when you play with better golfers.

“We need that.”

If the Mustangs are a young team – Gilroy fields four juniors, a sophomore, a freshman and no seniors this year – Kuwada said Watsonville is just as inexperienced.

“We played a young Watsonville team,” he said. “They had difficulty at Eagle Ridge.

“Our scores overall are a little better than Monday, even though we didn’t score lower as a team. So guys played better , some played worse.”

The coach wants his team to learn to avoid imploding on certain holes. “We have to minimize the errors we make on the golf course. We make a lot of 8’s and 7’s. This hurts us. We keep having explosive holes that hurt our scoring. Much of it is from inside 100 yards. So we will be working on our short game.

“We have to manage our games better to maximize our effectiveness on the golf course. We have been working on course management and how to effectively score on the course.

“How to manage strokes when you’re in trouble and how to play for bogey, which on difficult golf courses like Eagle Ridge, is a necessity.”

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