Women’s Golf: Dominating the Competition
By Sasha Aristizabal
Northside’s women’s golf team may usually be unnoticed, but this season shows that they deserve to be recognized. The team practices for about three hours a day at Billy Caldwell and have matches three times a week. The matches last around three hours and often show promising results.
Golf is an individual sport so it would seem that the team would have competition between teammates. However, Genevieve Kosciolek, Adv. 910, said, “You would think but there really isn’t at all. We all just want each other to succeed and score personal bests -- it's a really supportive and encouraging environment. Honestly, even when playing with other teams, so long as everyone plays with integrity and respect, everyone is really encouraging with each other and wants everyone to do well, regardless of the competitive aspect.” That being said, the team is still very competitive with other schools in the city. Northside’s main competitors are Payton-Jones, Whitney Young, Taft, and Lindblom. Although Payton-Jones usually dominates most matches, Northside is always neck and neck with Whitney Young and Taft for the second place title.
Kosciolek said that the biggest highlight of their season occurred on Sept. 22, when Northside played with Lane, Taft, and Lindblom. In previous matches, the team lost to Taft by no more than five stokes, but on Saturday the whole team showed up and ended up winning the entire match. Always being neck and neck against Taft, this match showed how Northside can dominate and can be a huge competitor during the city championships, which happened on Sept. 30. When asked about the championships beforehand, Kosciolek said, “ The goal is to win, but Payton-Jones dominates so more realistically second or third place.” At a recent match, Kosciolek’s co-captain, Lauren Kim, Adv. 906, shot her personal best of 42, and the whole team was extremely proud of her. Kim, who has been playing their #1 position, has been “killing it every match and frequently medals,” said Kosciolek, when asked who she would name MVP of the season. When looking at what the team hopes to accomplish before the end of the season, Kosciolek responded by saying, “I think mostly just personal improvement, I think we each want to improve our own scores but also want the same for our teammates. I hope everyone plays their best a city championships and we finish the season strong!”