By Taylor Vann
As Elizabeth Scholtes rides the team van surrounded by her teammates to the Chuck Corica Golf Complex to practice, she thinks about the hard work required for the women’s golf team.
“It’s actually physically hard. I really have to keep my endurance up. It’s also very mentally challenging,” says Scholtes.
She also thinks about the demanding hours that come with being a golf player. “With the team, we practice for two, then I go for three hours extra. I sometimes go for six hours on the weekends.”
Scholtes has played for six years and says a big part of her sticking with the sport is the fun she has with her teammates. “I have played my other three years at Alameda High, and I really enjoy playing with my friends.” Scholtes says there is more to the team than just the meets. “I love van rides on the way to practices. It’s a great bonding experience.”
The players have been able to reap the benefits of hard work and chemistry with each other, still undefeated after playing 15 matches.
However, the golf team has faced adversity. Coach Stephen Burnett, known as Coach B around campus, normally coaches the women’s golf team but is on medical leave because of health concerns.
Luckily for the team, Coach Rob Friedrich has temporarily taken Coach B’s place. “Coach Burnett had an emergency leave of absence and I am filling in. Coach B has won the league 10 years in a row and is an honorary NCS coach,” Friedrich said.
Friedrich has a good team to work with, too. “They are undefeated and are looking forward to competing for the league championship again,” he said.