After trading wins against each other at their respective home courses during the regular season the top two golf teams in the MIAA, St. Paul's and Gilman, teed up Saturday to decide this year's A Conference championship. The Crusaders jumped on top early, and never let up, besting the Greyhounds 15-6 to claim their third consecutive title. St. Paul's has compiled a 40-2 record in conference matches during this span.
In the #1 spot, Lou Baker '19 played flawlessly through 9 holes (7 pars, 2 birdies) before his opponent withdrew due to injury. In the #2 spot, Brandon Wilson '19 came back from being 2 down after three holes and halved the "front" after he stuck his tee shot on the par 3 6th hole and made birdie. Both Brandon and his opponent finished under par and halved their match overall. Lou and Brandon won the team point for St. Paul's in their foursome. In the #4 spot, Palmer Foote '18 had all the answers and shots in his match and at even par was able to sweep all three points for St. Paul's. Joseph Hudak '19 and Palmer won the team point for St. Paul's in their foursome.
Championships are often won with defense and in golf that translates to the all-important matches at the #5 and #6 spots. In the #5 spot, TJ Burkom '21 had the buzz saw going full throttle right out of the gate and was up in his match early and never looked back to sweep all three points. In the #6 spot, Patrick Rowland '20 steadied his nerves by holing a 40-footer for par to halve the 1st hole but narrowly dropped the "front" in his match. Patrick played 1 under par for the rest of the match and with his 8 foot birdie putt on the 11th hole secured the team victory. TJ and Patrick also won the team point for St. Paul's in their foursome. It was the strong play throughout the line-up that was most impressive in winning this championship.
Congratulations to the team, and to rookie varsity golf head coach Eric Nordstrom!