Golf to play Invitational Saturday

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By: Daniyal Habib <[email protected]>

The men’s varsity golf team will wrap up the regular season with the Muncie Invitational on Saturday, before beginning post-season play on June 2 with the Sectional.

The Greyhounds will head to an unfamiliar course, the Players Club, for the Invitational. Despite this, Michael Zervic, varsity golfer and junior, does not believe this will be a disadvantage.

“To tell the truth, it will not be that much of a disadvantage. The teams will be the same, only the course differs. So the match will not be different from any others, except for our home course matches,” Zervic said.

They have enjoyed a strong season thus far, compiling a 8-1 record in single matches up until May 19. They have experienced mixed results in invitationals, however, finishing first in two invites, third in one, and fifth in two others.

“This season has been consistent, but also surprising. We have been winning matches regularly, but also some other teams, such as Avon and Noblesville, have clipped us off in some matches for the win,” Zervic said.

After finishing as the State runner-up last year,
Carmel had little room to improve this season. However, Zervic said the depth of this season’s team could help them exceed last year’s finish and grab the title.

This year’s Sectional will take place on June 2 for the Greyhounds. They have been placed in the Noblesville Sectional, along with familiar foes Noblesville, Westfield, Fishers, and Hamilton Southeastern.

The Greyhounds are the top-ranked team in the Sectional as of May 8, ranked Number-5 in the State. HSE is ranked at Number-15. With Noblesville coming in at Number-12, this year’s Sectional will prove to be a tough one for Carmel.

“I would personally take a tougher Sectional (as opposed to an easier one), which would build confidence in each player’s games, feeling as though we could beat any team. But an easier Sectional would be less stress before Regionals,” Zervic said.

Looking back on this season, Zervic said the strongest part of the team has been, yet again, the seniors.

“Our main strength as a team has been, again, our seniors. They always provide a source of good scores in matches when we need them,” Zervic said. The Greyhounds have one more regular-season match to find an antidote for that; after Muncie it is the post-season, and one bad match can mean sitting at home for the rest of spring.