The Weston High girls golf team’s performance at the South-West Conference tournament was more of a surprise to the competition than to itself.
At the beginning of the season coach Jason Akacki felt his team could finish first or second based on its capabilities. While it took about two thirds of the season for the Trojans to show their true potential they lived up to it, taking second out of seven teams last with a score of 428 at Orange Hills Country Club last Tuesday, May 28.
It was Weston’s best finish at the tournament since 2009.
Defending champ Lauralton Hall was the winner again with 410. Joel Barlow was third with 430.
“I believed in their abilities throughout the season and when it counted the most they came through,” said Akacki. “The girls came a long way this season and their hard work and desire to win was apparent last Tuesday.”
Akacki also felt his team was the most mentally prepared to play 18 holes of championship golf, having played the course the previous week and finishing with a round of 413.
As has often been the case this season, Weston was led by Joy Essaghof. A 102 was the best score for the team and good for seventh overall in the field of individuals.
Two Weston golfers posted identical scores as Lauren Solinsky and Kendra Savage each shot a 107. Completing the scoring for Weston, Claire Cook shot a 112. Also playing in the tournament, Anna West had a 117.
“Our senior captain Claire Cook really kept the girls focused and I give her tons of credit when it came down to motivating,” said Akacki. “Joy improved almost six strokes from last season. Kendra improved two.”
The largest improvement came from Solinsky, who improved nearly 10 strokes from last season. West, a first-year player, improved nearly 10 from the start of the season.
Bridget Johnson, Christine Xu and Julianne Zech also played for Weston this season.
“We have a strong team returning next season with Joy, Kendra, Anna, Julianne and cast of freshmen that are motivated to improve their game over the summer,” said Akacki. “It was an exciting season and I’m already looking forward to what next season will bring.”
Weston finishes the season at 9-7 overall and 7-5 in the SWC.