A hole in one

Varsity golf gets ready for upcoming tournaments


Sophomore Sophia Bandini swings her club during a tournament. The team attends multiple tournaments each season, where they are able to compete against golf teams from other schools.

The beginning of the year was off to a great start for varsity golf at W-L, the school sweeping South Lakes. However, players were concerned with the latest tournament, held on August 27. “Honestly, it’s going to go Yorktown, Wakefield, us,” senior and captain of the varsity golf team, Kaiya Mitchell, said. “Yorktown has a freshman, Benjamin Newfield, [and] he’s a really good shot in tournaments. They also have three seniors that are really good.” Last year, though, was very successful for the team, which saw the team winning three of the tournaments and senior team captain Max Clegg winning the Arlington Cup. This season has brought some changes, with more team bonding activities, more instruction time, and new assistant coach Mike Wilkis. “I think swings and course management are getting better due to the new assistant coach,” Mitchell said. For the latest tournament, head coach Mr. Davis had been trying to mimic tournament conditions at practice and put players in uncomfortable positions to help them better prepare. For players like senior Sean Werfel, though, the most important thing is to be resilient. “If I hit a bad shot, it’s super important that I come back and hit a good shot after that, don’t get down on myself,” Werfel said.