Saint James School vs Maret School
@ Norbeck Country Club (Rockville, MD)
(Par 36; Rating: 71.1; Slope: 128)
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Maret School: 178
Keating Orava, 39
Ethan O’Hayon, 41
Jack Hartman, 46
Chip Krese, 52
Non-Scorers for Maret School: Robert Folines (53) & Jack Forlines (53)
Saint James School: 185
Frankie Corsi, 44
Benson Riser, 46
John Gilbert Storey, 46
Will Hertel, 49
Non-Scorer for Saint James School: Tripp Bagarus (53) & Reichen Storey (59)
Record: Saint James, 5-6 (1-4 MAC; 4-2 Non-Conference)
In difficult, some might say severe, weather conditions – including “feels like” temperatures in the high 40’s and wind gusts to 40 mph – the weather impacted all players equally, and that Maret’s lowest scores were a 3-over par 39 and a 5-over par 41 were quite impressive.
As I noted for our players on the bus upon arrival at Norbeck, folks like me typically pay a lot of money to have this experience in Scotland – albeit in the summer months! – and as players in the match they needed to “embrace the challenge” presented by the conditions. Fortunately, a few of our guys did what I asked – that is, embrace the challenge – and gave a pretty good effort in conditions which they’ve not likely experienced in a match or even practice – not because we don’t hit in the rain and wind, but today’s winds strike me as the most significant gusts we’ve had in-season in my tenure at Saint James. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite good enough today, but the scores put-up by Frankie Corsi, Benson Riser, John Gilbert Storey, and Will Hertel should not go unappreciated.
To that end, the guys’ greatest struggles today rested in failing to play the wind – whether from the left, right, into, or behind – and to focus in the trying conditions. Despite playing as much as we’ve played on our “off days,” including Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the guys still lost their focus in the short game; I watched more than enough poor strokes or decisions from 100/150 yards in or around the greens today to have turned the match in our favor.
With the end of the regular season today, there is little left for me to say except to note that I apologized to the team on our arrival on campus. With five (5) returning starters seemingly ready to go all-in upon arrival in August, this is not the season or the regular results that I anticipated. As a result, I apologized for my failure to motivate the team to play well enough against three beatable teams – GDS, SAES, and Maret – and for finishing with a losing record of 5-6.