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CHS Golf Team Wins 52nd Match in a Row; Prepares for Sectional Run with Senior-Filled Lineup

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Senior Chris Ruck tees off on the second hole

Senior Chris Ruck tees off on the second hole

Courtesy of The Buccaneer

Courtesy of The Buccaneer

Senior Chris Ruck tees off on the second hole

Ron Errigo

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The Cinnaminson boys’ golf team are well on their way to another outstanding season and division championship this year. After winning the going undefeated in the division the last three years, the boys returned a number of seniors to jump start the team again in 2018.

The coach, Mr. Jenkins, is ready to lead the team to win. He believes his team will be “very competitive this year” as they were last year and the previous years when the team continued their 42-match winning streak coming into this season.  The team has not lost a match since losing to Moorestown in April 2014.

Recently, that streak reached a high of 52 matches when the team handily defeated Pemberton for the second time this season on Monday, May 7, 163-256.  The team did have a few close matches this season, with the closest coming in a 184-187 match against Burlington Township that stood out as the toughest of the year.

Practice is always the most important part of a team. Coach Jenkins has seen a lot of teamwork between his players this year. With eight seniors on the team this year there are leadership figures for the newer golfers. The team is lead by senior Zach Howard who has consistently been the low scorer for the team the entire season and placed second overall at the Burlington County Open.

The other seniors who have done a great job for the team this year are Jake Weick, Dan Kern, Chris Ruck, Colin Kravitz and Mike Lutz.  Twins Ethan and Jake Wojtkowski came over from the baseball team and have contributed greatly along with sophomore Jack Lilley.

Six senior returners for a small team are great for any team, let alone a team that had won 42 straight matches coming into the year. With this team Jenkins says we have a great chance at winning our division this year. When it comes to sectionals Coach Jenkins says “we have a shot at making noise at sectionals.”

At the Central Jersey, Group 1 sectionals, the team will have to face off against Middle Township, whose team is also undefeated to this point, and Haddonfield, who has put together a 12-4 dual match record this year as well.  Cinnaminson last won the sectional championship in 2016, when it outdistanced Gateway for the title.

Within the last three years the Cinnaminson boys’ golf team has been undefeated and the team hopes we can keep it that way, but there is a matchup with the always powerful Moorestown that looms next Thursday.  Moorestown was the team’s last loss in 2014 and the Pirates beat them in 2015, but has not faced them since that match three years ago.  Mr. Jenkins believe in the team prior to the season starting.

“This year, we might not be undefeated, but we still believe we will have a good record. In the end, it all comes down to the practice. How the team does in practice is how they will play and (so far) they are doing well in practice,” Mr. Jenkins said.

Jenkins has been coaching the boys golf team for four years now and he says he loves it.

“It’s a great sport and they all have fun with it. (I) love teaching the kids and building them up to be ready to win. (I) love to get out there and encourage the players, giving them tips along the way as well,” Mr. Jenkins continued.  “Working together, the team is bound to have a good year doing their best.”

 

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