By Tyler Falk
At the very least it’d be fair to say that the Beacon Men’s Golf team is like a big bag of wildly flavored Chex Mix. As a Beacon over the last 3 seasons I’ve been with the team through the highs and lows, as well as experiencing my own highs and lows. Reflecting back on the year heading up to the CCC Championship it’s pretty cool to experience all of the things that went on with this golf team. Although our main interest is golf, everyone’s personality is completely different and unique so there is never a dull moment. These moments united us as we all developed relationships with each other in a way that it was a like a big family of brothers.
There were a couple things that really stood out this season. One of them was witnessing Crosby Green walk-on to the golf team after being a runner for all of his collegiate career and see him improve and contribute. However, this wasn’t his first time playing competitively, for he played on the same high school team as Calvin Green and I. The second thing that really stood out in my mind was the dedication of the upper classmen, especially Jake. Since this was Jake Shinkle’s last year, our only senior, you could see his desire to leave his mark and I respect him a lot for that.
At the CCC Championship the atmosphere is more electric than any other tournament we played all year. There is something to be said about the word “championship” and that it creates a buzz. From a playing standpoint I struggled to find my “A” game for most of the spring season, but golf is a really weird sport, and sometimes it’s a matter of a very minor adjustment here and there and you have a great tournament. For me, I was just hoping things would click and flow. The weather was not a surprise – typical Oregon spring weather. Hail, rain, wind, sun… You name it. The only state where you can have four seasons in an hour. We had a lightning delay for about 45 minutes during the 1st day of our 2nd round which added to the mental fatigue of playing competitive golf for ten hours.
With our team being out of serious contention for a victory, I was proud of the way we hung in there for the last round. With golf, when there are no formal victories to be had there are still victories. That victory is walking away on the last day with a moral victory of not letting the golf course get the best of you that day.