Behind the recent success of girls varsity golf

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Graphic illustration by Surya Saraf and Lilly Wu

Girls varsity golf has finished their 2022-23 season undefeated.

Deeksha Raj

Concluding their season undefeated as No. 1 in the De Anza league, Lynbrook girls varsity golf is grateful for the fun and skilled team that they have built. Their consistent winning has raised their team spirit and led them to build unique team dynamics.  

Compared to their 8-2 winning record in the 2021-22 season, the team is very proud of their improvement. The addition of five freshmen to the team was one of the factors of their success this year. The team also credits their team captain, senior Jibin Lee, and her positive energy for helping the team achieve their undefeated record. 

The team practices at the Deep Cliff Golf Course for four hours per week during their season, but most players also have personal trainers outside of school. Through hard work and perseverance, they defeated Los Gatos High School, Lynbrook’s most challenging opponent, securing their spot at Central Coast Section Championships. Los Gatos was leading throughout most of the game until two Lynbrook players, Junior Anne Xu and freshman Caitlin Yang, completely flipped the score.

“Our team was playing relatively badly against Los Gatos at first, and we were expecting to lose,” Xu said. “But I actually ended up playing well and helped us win, so that was a very proud moment for me.”

All of the players take pride in the community they are involved in. Compared to their personal training, many players prefer playing as a team because it is more fun and motivates them to train harder for the improvement of the whole team. The team bonds through unique handshakes, fun games during practices and dinners together after games. They hope to maintain the relationship they have built throughout the season for the rest of the year, even when they’re not on the golf course together.

The season concluded with a senior night party to celebrate Lee, the team’s only senior. After playing on the team for all four years of high school, Lee’s kind and optimistic personality has had a major influence on the underclassmen players. 

“Jibin really brought the team together,” junior Anne Xu said. “She was always cheering the loudest at the end of games.”

To celebrate her last home game, the team surprised Lee by buying hats that matched her iconic blue Nike hat. 

“I’m grateful to be a part of this really nice community and to be able to bond over a sport we love,” Lee said. “It puts us in an environment where we’re able to collaborate with other people even though golf can sometimes get lonely, but this team has given me an opportunity to make many new friends.”