By: David Segal
Your Agua Fria men’s golf team, under new direction from first-year head coach and second-year teacher Mr. Martinelli, has started the 2018 season off with a bang, winning their first six matches of the year, including victories over section opponents Dysart and Buckeye High School.
In the first match of the season, the boys hit the road to take on Copper Canyon and Apollo at Sun City Country Club. They narrowly edged out Copper Canyon for first place, beating them by a score of 211 to 212 (the lower score is better in golf). After that, they returned to their home course and started to assert their dominance, defeating Buckeye Union High School by 20 with Owl golfers Connor Spire and David Segal tying for the low individual score with a nine-over 45.
In the second week of the season, David Segal shot a career low 38, making an eagle and beating the next closest competitor by 12 and carrying the team to a third straight win. Your Owl golfers then had to endure the near hour drive to Scottsdale before playing in their match. That didn’t phase them though, as they cruised to an easy win of 196 to 220, posting their lowest total score this year. The most amazing part of this win is that each Agua Fria golfer defeated their respective opponent, making it a true team win.
When I asked Coach Martinelli about the great start of the season, he credited it to the unselfishness of his players who want to see their their teammates succeed even if it means going down a spot in the team. Despite the success, Coach Martinelli is still discovering the behind the scenes stuff of being a head coach. Although he was an assistant for beach volleyball, he said that he has ¨learned all of the paperwork and the ¨not fun¨ stuff that needs to be done in order for a team to operate effectively.¨ Mr. Martinelli is a good golfer in his own right, having also played high school golf when he lived in Pennsylvania and caddying an amatuer golf tournament.
Coach Martinelli and the golf team will be on the road next week and looking to continue their hot start with away matches at Youngker on Monday, Willow Canyon and Yuma on Wednesday, and then finally face district rivals Verrado High School in what will be a tough match. Be sure to wish the Owl golfers good luck as they try to keep their undefeated streak alive.