The Coronado Boys golf team completed its past season with a 10-6 record after playing a highly competitive schedule. The Islanders were second in league play, finishing with a differential of 22.06. They were led by Head Coach Stuart Gordon, who completed his 18th year of high school coaching, six of those years leading the Islanders.
One of the season’s highlights was a victory over Army/Navy at Coronado Golf Course, in which the Islanders recorded their lowest score of the season, a 186, with all six players scoring under 40 for the 9 holes.
In reference to team captain Tucker Gilmore, Gordon said “He’s a good, well organized leader who quietly built team spirit and got his teammates to matches on time and in uniform.”
That’s no easy feat! At the postseason team banquet, Gilmore was honored with the team’s Coach’s Award for his excellent play, integrity, sportsmanship and friendship.
Regarding team MVP, senior Trevor Catlin, Gordon commented “He’s a real gentleman of a player, always cheerful and able to forget bad shots.” That mindset should serve Catlin well as he moves forward with the goal of a career in the world of golf.
The 2021 Islanders were long hitters. Senior Luke Meloche led the way in that category with his consistent bombs from the tee box.
Gordon acknowledged those players that would return this coming school year. Junior Tristan Rinko’s game steadily improved throughout the 2021 season and Gordon looks forward to coaching him next school year. Junior Syrak Nemer played his best when in the coaches’ group. He was remarkably consistent in his scoring. Junior Eduardo Maynez also proved to be a very reliable player whose scores were steady throughout the season.
The future seems very bright for the Islanders. According to Gordon, Liam Weaver is a talented freshman with great potential for a successful high school career, and possibly a golf career beyond high school. The captain of the JV team, junior Marshall Hilfman, showed leadership and in his one match with varsity, scored a 40 over 9 holes. Sophomore Noah Morris scored a hole-in-one in his first practice. Sophomore, Sebastiano Abbot and freshman Sam Vernalis showed steady improvement throughout the season. Sophomore Dario Piagentini has the potential to continue Coronado’s long-hitting reputation. Sophomores John Scheurer and Juan Villegas round out a talented JV group that has the ability (with practice!) to improve on this year’s varsity success.
That bright future will likely depend on next year’s players working on their short games. “The lesson learned by the entire team this season is one of golf’s greatest and most important. The short game is much more than 50 percent of golf. It’s fun to hit the ball far, but a good short game means better scores,” said Gordon. Now that’s a lesson all golfers should learn.