Golf Team Looks to Bounce Back from Slow Start, Limited Players
By Jonathan Perez, Junior Writer
Above: The Hillcrest Golf Team Looks to Continue Its Dominance in PSAL
This year, the Hillcrest Golf is team off to a slow start with a record of two wins and three losses due to their lack of active and returning players. The team has had success the past couple of years, and Coach Dr. Schneider is very optimistic that they can turn that around.
The Golf team is usually excellent, but this year is struggling with only two returning players from the Division-winning team that went 8-2 last year. Junior David Zezo is a returning star player while his Freshman brother Daniel is expected to have major potential. David cites that the team's problems come from only having four members on the team, and praises Dr. Schneider's ability to make his players better. "Coach stresses that the goal of golf is to stay focus and calm in order to win," David said.
Their most improved player is Rajvir Singh who has won two matches this year. The team has defeated Robert F. Kennedy and Bayside High School, but has lost to John Bowne, Queens HS of Teaching, and The Scholars Academy.
Although they are undermanned, David Zezo stresses that Dr. Schneider is making everyone a better golfer with its coaching. Dr. Schneider stresses the importance of being patient with a new team. He emphasizes that starting with new players who have no knowledge of the sport is better if the athlete is willing to listen and learn than trying to re teach a player who has bad habits. "Everybody wants to go straight to hitting the ball as far as they can get it to go but really the game is won with a short hit game and not how far you can hit the ball," he said.
Dr. Schneider's expectations of the team is to become better athletes in the sport by the end of the year. The team is currently in 2nd place with 3 games left in the season.