Gambetta Tourney Offers First Look at Golf Prospects

Kevin Fong, Staff Writer

The boy’s golf team placed 6th out of 25 teams at the Joe Gambetta tournament in Antioch on Monday, March 5th.

The tournament gave some insight into what the team can expect for the upcoming season. Senior Jon Arth said, “It was pretty important because there were some pretty good teams out there.” The team was able to see what schools would be tough competition for the rest of the season.

Arth said, “The biggest opponent this year would be Dublin.” Dublin is the two time champion of the conference.

In the tournament the squad surpassed its expectations with a 6th place finish. Junior Sam Firth said, “It’s good for us to start off the season on a good note.”

Coach Steve Robinson said, “My goal for the team was to post a five person score under 400.” The boys barely missed the mark, shooting 402. Robinson believes that they can do better. He said, “This team is much stronger than the last two years.”

The teams that attended the tournament spanned from the DFAL league to schools like De La Salle and San Ramon. Miramonte also attended, which raised the stakes for the Campo squad. Firth said, “We wanted to get top five and beat Miramonte.”

The team also wanted to win against all other DFAL schools in preparation for the season. Robinson said, “I knew there were two or three stronger teams.” He hoped to place between third and eighth place.

Along with sizing up the competition, the squad was able to see who would be some of the top Campo performers. Arth said that sophomore Matt Klein, sophomore Jim Coon, and Firth will all be at the top this year. Firth said, “The team is a lot better this year.” He added, “It’s a good meeting to see how we’ve been doing at practice and to see if we can put it into play.”

Robinson has noted improvement in his athletes, especially Klein. Robinson said, “He’s improving rapidly since we began our season in February.” He added, “I’m very optimistic.” He believes that they will be able to win league, and do well in NCS and State competition.