By Sebastian Gonzalez,
The Davis High JV men’s golf team fell to Jesuit 222-195 on Mar. 16 in the third match of 2015 league play at the par 36 Wildhorse Golf Course. Despite strong performances from sophomores Mads Bardsoe and Nathan Koh, the Devils suffered their first loss of the season, after beating Christian Brothers and Rio Americano in the first two matches.
Wildhorse, one of two home courses for the DHS golf team, allowed not one of the day’s 12 players to hit even through the nine holes of the match.
Bardsoe lead the Devils with a score of 38, two over par. An even better score was just within reach for the sophomore, as he was even through the first seven holes of the day.
After birdieing on the opening hole, Bardsoe got on a roll early, cruising through the first four holes at one under.
Disaster struck, however, on the par five, fifth hole, where Bardsoe double bogeyed, pushing his score to plus one.
The following sixth hole, a par three, gave him a quick chance to bounce back, which it seemed he would take advantage of when he put his iron tee shot within two feet of the hole. Sadly, the putt was missed and the opportunity was squandered.
The second time Bardsoe found himself at a par five on hole seven, the result was drastically different from the previous. Reaching the green in two strokes, he two putt his way to a birdie and found himself at 28 with eight and nine left to play.
Characteristic bogeys on the final two pushed him out of the leading score for the day, with two Marauders posting scores of 37.
Koh also had an impressive day and was one stroke behind Bardsoe. He credited his good play to the way he worked out of a couple of tough lies on hole one.
“My first shot was way right and short, and my second was way left,” Koh said. “Luckily I was able to get up and down on my third stroke chip shot and hit a nice putt which saved par. After that I was able to fall into a groove and I think saving that hole actually saved my day.”
Scott Korinke followed the two leaders with a 43, then Paul Buhlman finished with the fourth best Devil score at a 50, Alex Hill with a 52 and Chris Johnson brought up the rear with a 53.
JV assistant coach Kurt Yeaman was impressed with his players’ performances in spite of the heavy loss.
“They showed good heart; I mean we were playing the best team in league so I’m happy with the way they performed today. They were well behaved and cordial to their opponents and on a golf course those are always two of the most important things.”
The Devils tee off for the Alta Sierra Tournament on Tuesday, Mar. 17, with their next league match coming on Wednesday at Christian Brothers.