Parkview Golf comes out “swinging”

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Parkview's varsity girl golfers celebrate their region win with coach Devon Walker.

Amy Pan, Staff Writer

Move over, Tiger Woods! Spring is in the air, and warmer weather is taking hold, which means that Parkview Golf is now in full swing (pun intended).

Parkview’s golf teams have had a history of strong finishes in the past couple of seasons, with the girls winning the region championship in 2012 and the boys qualifying for sectionals last year. The players and coaches hope to keep up the streak and have high hopes for this season.

The girls’ team has had a strong start to the season with a major victory against Brookwood. Junior Hulu Fasil said, “This year, our main objective is to win regionals, go on to sectionals, and generally get better as a team. We have a lot of potential, and the team energy is really great.” Fasil’s hope rang true as the girls went on to win not only regionals, but sectionals, and are headed to the state championships later this month.

The boys have been successful as well, with double wins over Brookwood. When asked about the team’s goals, Senior Braden Gibbs said, “We want to make it past region and go on to sectionals again.” He agrees with Fasil about the “team energy,” adding, “My teammates are cool; even though it’s a generally younger team this year, we all work together pretty well.”

The golf teams usually train around three times a week at the Gwinnett Country Club, “To get ready for our matches, we hit a couple balls and warm up at the range; then we go down to the putting green to work on putting and chipping,” says Fasil. Though the golf teams practice less frequently than other sports, the players have been working hard and hope to advance far into the season.

Head Coach Devon Walker is incredibly satisfied with the team’s accomplishments this season. “It was fantastic for the girls to make state, and while the boys had a harder hill to climb to get there, I am very proud of both teams,” he said.

While the JV teams and the varsity boys have already finished out their seasons, varsity girls continues to prepare for the state tournament later this month.