The South Side varsity golf team wrapped up one of the most successful seasons in school history with a third consecutive Conference V championship.
On their way to a perfect 10-0 season, the Cyclones set the school record for lowest team score with a 183 against Oceanside and again bested the previous mark with a 179 against Lawrence.
“We had a great team all year long,” co-head coach Russ Reid said. “The school record was 185. We shot at that twice and, in fact, our team average was two strokes above the school record for the entire season.”
Reid added that the feat was even impressive more impressive due to the tough nature of the courses the team plays on.
“It’s not like we are out there playing Eisenhower Blue," he said. "We played at Middle Bay in a 25 mph wind. We played at Lawrence Country Club in a dense fog. Rockville is a fairly tough golf course. We play pretty championship quality courses.”
South Side has won 19 consecutive matches dating back to last season, with their last loss coming at the hands of Garden City in the first match of last season. Beating their rivals twice this season was one of the highlights of an eventful season for Reid.
“We beat them by 12 and 15 shots and they have been the perennial rival,” Reid said. “They were the last team we lost to, first match of last year, and prior to our run of three championships, they had dominated the league for the four years prior to that.”
On Oct. 16, the Cyclones officially clinched the conference title by defeating Oceanside by the score of 8-1 at Middle Bay Country Club.
“It was pretty exciting,” South Side golfer Kevin Boranian said. “Coming in, we knew that we had a lot of rebuilding to do because there were a certain amount of seniors that were focal points of the team. We had to replace their spots and I think a lot of kids came up big in replacing them.”
The conference championship qualifies the Cyclones for the county championships in the spring, where they will look to beat top-ranked Farmingdale.
“Farmingdale is the team to beat, but I think that we can give them a real run in the counties,” Reid said.
In order to stay sharp for the finals, Cyclones golfers will have to practice on their own, as teams are not permitted to practice together until May. The team will have roughly two-and-a-half weeks to practice together before the counties.
Reid attributes his team’s run of dominance this season to the depth of the team. Six of the South Side golfers would have qualified for the county championships even if South Side hadn’t won the conference as a team.
“It’s unusual for a high school team,” Reid said. “A good high school team will have three, maybe four that can break 40. We consistently had six that could go in the 30s and all six starters at some point or another this year shot under par for a round of golf.”
After an undefeated, conference championship season that saw school records broken, this year’s team has put itself in the conversation for best golf team in school history.
“It’s certainly one of the best teams ever in the history of South Side,” Reid said. “If they can win the counties then they win the title [of] the best.”