The boys golf team was heading in to the 2018 season with high expectations and a brand new coach. The new head golf coach Jerrod Ross had some big plans for the boys this year. They were coming off a fantastic year and their first district tournament berth.
They were led by senior captain Alex Cabungcal who wanted to make districts for a second straight year.
One of the top players on the team sophomore Jonathan Green hurt his back at tryouts but came back and had a strong season. He finished the season with an average 18-hole score of 77.8.
“After a rough start to the season with my back injury, I was happy to get back on varsity and finish the year off strong,” Green said.
Nathan Brown and Corbin Bentley both had great years on the varsity team. Jake Smith, who played JV last year, made varsity this season and showed up with a 74 at the Kent Miller invitational at Hiawatha and a 73 at the OCC shootout at Moundbuilders Country Club.
The sixth spot on the team was shifty all year but Brendan Cabungcal and Luke Johnson kept the ship on its course.
The team finished with an overall record of 142-22 and a second place finish at sectionals. Sectionals were played at Apple Valley, a course where tryouts were held.
They finished the year off with third place place finish at districts. Districts were played at Denison this year, and multiple boys on the golf team agree Denison is one of the hardest courses around. The team missed out on a trip to the state championship by five strokes with a 313, when a 308 would’ve put them in second place ahead of St. Charles (309) and behind Dublin Jerome (290).
This was easily one of the best seasons in Orange boys golf history. A big congratulations to the Pioneers and the best of luck to them next year. They do lose a great player and man in Alex Cabungcal. Everyone loves that guy, and he always has a smile on his face.