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Getting to know the Golf team
Yes, Costa Mesa High School has a golf team. The golf team requires practice grounds that aren't really accessible at school, so all practice and matches happen off campus. Although Golf is free to play at Costa Mesa High School (unlike some schools) and counts on the list of athletic activities, golf isn't really presented and acknowledged by students. After the retirement of the two coaches John Courey and Tom Baldwin, Derek smith; currently an E.L.D. teacher at Costa Mesa High School, took over the golf program and placed forth a new future. Besides Girls Golf, there are currently 6 boys on varsity.
So how do you play golf?
Golf is played similarly to quite a lot of other different sports such as soccer, football, and hockey. You're shooting an object into some type of goal to win points! The objective of golf is to hit the ball into the hole in the least amount of strokes (Hits). Golf is laid out in many yards ranging from 200 yards - 500 yards before the end, where the hole lies. Meanwhile, you're trying to avoid trees, sand bunkers, water, and of course people. While doing so, you're also working on keeping your ball straight and landing it as close to the green (area of which the hole lies) as possible without going over or hitting the ball too short. There's all types of clubs to hit that have their own distance and own type of loft (Angle at which the ball proceeds after impact). This is not everyone's game of course. Most of golf relies on your swing and tempo. Golf courses can be miles long at most and tread your feet afterwards. In fact, some researchers believe walking a 9 hole course and back can be equivalent to running a mile in track! No excuse for fitness there!
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Sushil Bhakta (Junior) and James Nashar (Senior) are the shining stars of the Costa Mesa High School team. Sushil Bhakta has exceeded his peers in excellence and improvement, scoring low scores and representing Costa Mesa High School. James Nashar has being playing golf for a pretty long time, and part of his family even owns a golf course. These two are truly the best on the team.
"Golf is all mental. Don't think about your bad shots much when you play, but your good shots. Don't let it get to you!" -James Nashar; senior
Of the whole golf team, these two: Chae Ho Kim and Daniel Suarez have improved so much since the beginning of the season. With no experience what so ever, Daniel was referred by Michael Hutchinson to join the team. He ended up liking it a lot. Now, he's playing varsity matches and scoring those points! He's #6 on the team, out of 6. Chae on the other hand, has very little experience but is working hard on improving his swing. Chae is #5 on the team, out of 6. Although Daniel and Chae aren't the top of the leader board, they've shown enough hard work and dedication to be proven not only Scholars in school, but Achievers in golf!
The golf team is particularly small, but the students who occupy it are friendly and very out going. It may seem like golf is an easy sport, but it's not. It requires some strength, accuracy, rhythm, and mental stability; it's not as easy as it looks. Plus, it must be a pain walking out on the golf course with a heavy bag on your back walking on grass and up hills over and over. Despite, I would recommend you give it a try! You might actually like it, and the team is welcoming to anyone who wants to join.