By Julia Neumann
When people think about OES sports, golf is usually not what comes to mind first. However, just because it is not the most common sport, the golf team does not deserve any less recognition. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, the golf team competed at state and took swept the competition, winning the championship.
The team was led by sophomores Nic Nauytial and Will Phillips. For the state competition, the team traveled down to Bend. Nic reflects how he was “personally really proud of how the team stepped up and the amount of commitment I [he] saw from and each and every one of them [the team members].” He recalled how each individual player was very focused on their game, by either putting at the course from 7-8 pm or waking up at 5 am to go to practice.
In addition to the two captains, the team also had some great senior leadership from Luke Samiee, who placed top 20 individually, and their only freshmen, Ronit Mehta, who truly held his own and contributed his two solid rounds of golf to the team.
Overall, the team won the state competition by 66 shots and individually had 3 sophomores who placed in the top 5. Hudson Hale coming home with 5th (82, 80), Nic Nauytial with 3rd (83, 77), and Will Phillips coming in 2nd (85, 74). Well done!
This was an impressive win, with their team only having a four-shot lead after the first day, along with a mix of rainy weather and the fact that the final groups put a lot of pressure on the OES team. Nonetheless, they all fought hard and played some exceptional golf, especially with Will who set personal records, and ended up demolishing the competition on the second day by 62 shots. Congratulations!