The Belmont Hill Golf Team boasts a history of excellence, and this year was no different. In a season where many expected the squad to take a step back, having lost six seniors and being unable to play on their home course, Belmont Country Club, the golf team continued to impress.
Lacking any seniors and comprised of five newcomers, two of which were eighth graders, there were many questions going into the season. Immediately, the team was met with some resistance, losing twice outside of ISL play in the first two weeks. However, Coach Doar quickly righted the ship, teaching that you “don’t need your A game to win matches.” Soon the team began to rack up wins, and when the clock struck midnight on the season, the group was undefeated in ISL play, with a tie against St. Sebastions being the only blemish on the record. After cementing the ISL championship against Milton in dramatic fashion, the team would continue its tear through the league at the ISL Kingsman Championship at Newport Country Club. There, the team won in a commanding fashion, with Captain CJ Winchenbaugh ’24 taking the individual title, shooting a 67.
Having won both the ISL league title and the ISL tournament title, the team is the sole league champion for the 2023 season. Additionally, with Winchenbaugh winning the individual title, this season marks the first in Coach Doar’s tenure that the team has won the league, tournament, and individual titles all in the same year. After a long and arduous season, the team can sit back, knowing they have accomplished a remarkable feat.