Thanks to eight wins, an arch-rival and a new school mark, the first three weeks of the season have been filled with excitement for the South Brunswick High School boys golf team.
"The kids have played so well and they push each other," South Brunswick Coach Mark Kraft said. "It's been a fun and exciting year."
South Brunswick improved to 8-2 with a 122-159 win against Piscataway at the Raritan Landing Golf Club on Apr. 19.
"In my thirty years of coaching, that is by far the best round we have ever had there," Kraft noted. "We play Edison and Piscataway there. We have played a lot of rounds there over the years. We've never had anything like this."
Parth Ahuja, a junior, had the low round of the day with a 2-under par round of 27 on the nine holes played.
"That's a ridiculous round," Kraft said. "That round is unthinkable. You rarely ever see high school players shoot under par."
Johnny Park, a freshman, had an even par round of 29.
"That's fabulous golf," Kraft said. "He's usually our number six guy (South Brunswick plays in a system where they use six golfers and count the best four scores). He's young and he's learning. He is doing fantastic."
Brendan Jackson, a senior, had the low round of 40 in a 166-169 loss to St. Joe's on April 18. St. Joe's also defeated South Brunswick 169-170 in the season opener on Apr. 2.
St. Joe's is the only team to defeat South Brunswick this season. In addition to Piscataway, South Brunswick also has wins against East Brunswick (179-186), Old Bridge (186-195), Edison (164-188), JP Stevens (158-189), Iselin Kennedy (157-209), South Plainfield (162-186) and Colonia (161-182).
"We knew our arch-rival would be St. Joe's," Kraft said. "The two matches were settled by a combined four strokes. Fortunately, we'll get a few more chances to play them."
The two teams will meet up again on Monday in the Cherry Valley Golf Club Invitational. Both teams are also scheduled for the Viking Invitational on May 2 and the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament on May 17.
"We aren't even half way done with the season," Kraft noted. "We have a lot of golf left."
On most days, that means Matt Lagarenne (junior), Kevin Lagarenne (junior) and Devan Naik (junior) joining Jackson, Ahuja and Park in the starting lineup.
"This is the deepest team I have ever had," Kraft said. "We have ten kids playing well. It's a challenge for me to try and figure out which guys are hot. It's a challenge, but it's also made the season a lot of fun. These guys are good."