Varsity Boys Golf finds success in current season

Troylon Griffin II, Sports Editor

Creek’s Boys Golf team competed on Friday November 7 and Saturday November 8. The team then played the following Monday of November 10. The Friday-Saturday event took place at Clear Lake’s Biker Rally and Monday’s event took pace at the Galveston Ball Varsity Invitational at the Moody Garden’s golf course.

At the Friday-Saturday event, the team took part in the golf competition of Clear Lake’s Biker rally. The participants included seniors Clayton Bonner, Ryan Grube, Joe Hernandez, Ian Cerisano and junior Riley Williams. Boys golf coach Coach McAdam spoke on the varsity team.

“The varsity team are all returning Top 5 players from the 2013-2014 season. Riley Williams placed 2nd overall at the 2014 District Championships and competed in the 2014 Regional Championships,” Coach Phillip McAdam said.

Overall the Varsity team placed second out of the nine teams. Friday specifically the team shot a team score of 310, trailing second place Friendswood and Clear Lake in first. On Saturday, the team shot a score of 301, which allowed the team to finish in second place for the tournament. Coach McAdam spoke on this score.

“The team shot Clear Creek’s lowest team score since our last District Championship in 2011,”  McAdam said.

Ultimately, Junior Riley Williams finished third place overall for the tournament by winning a playoff with Friendswood’s Robert Todd after shooting scores of 74, 73. Riley drained a 35 foot putt on the first playoff hole to claim the victory.

The Galveston Ball Varsity invitational at Moody Gardens involved Second Varsity Golf Team. This consisted of juniors Taylor Williamson, Jason Huffman, Kevin Childers, sophomore Dawson Nunez and freshman Sean Murphy. Coach McAdam spoke on the day of the game and his veteran players.

“Excessive winds made the course play very difficult. Veterans Taylor Williamson and Jason Huffman played well, despite the conditions, to lead the team to an eighth place finish of twenty teams,” Coach McAdam said.

Ultimately, Taylor Williamson earned a Top 10 finish in a field of one hundred players, while scoring a personal best of 81 for the competition. Jason Huffman shot an 83, finishing tied for 19th place in the field.

When asked about some of the things he says to his team for motivation and what he and his team talk about before games and during practice, Coach McAdam spoke greatly on the subject.

“We use our team goals for motivation. Our main goal that we are always working toward is finding a way to bring a State Golf Champion Ship back to Clear Creek High School. That being said, we focus on executing sound fundamentals and practicing good course management during competition to help us reach our immediate goals. Each player wants to shoot their personal best score, place in the top three as a team or individually and begin preparing for the next round,” Coach McAdam said.

McAdam also spoke on how the only people he and his team look up to are each other. He also spoke on how he would like to inspire and impact his team.

“I hope to inspire them to use golf as a tool to impact their families and community in a positive way while representing Clear Creek High School by setting a good example and being a role model for others,” McAdam said.

As for their future plans for the remaining season, McAdam said how the team will continue working toward their goal of making a run at post-season play during the Regional and State Championships and bringing a District Championship back to Clear Creek High School.