The team’s third match against Faith Christian was a success, with all three team members achieving their best scores of the season:
“We played really well,” said team coach Matt Vargo.
Pannu, who had the lowest score out of the six Faith Christian players and three Country Day players on Monday, was happy with how he did.
“I played really well. I shot the best I’ve ever shot,” he said.
He said Faith Christian’s players were newer to golf, which meant they were marginally easier to compete against.
This was partly because of a shift in the tees used to ones that were closer to the green and therefore easier to play.
“We played the tan tees instead of the yellows, which are closer to the green, because they were all beginners,” he said
Pannu was proud of his recovery after a few bad holes that allowed him to score better after them.
“I got a few bogeys, but after that, I pulled myself together and we finished off strong,” he said.
He also scored a birdie on his second hole, a score one under par, which was a high point of his play.
Vargo said the resilience of the team was a highlight of the match.
Junior Nihal Gulati, who had the third lowest score overall, was also proud of the Cavs’ performance.
“I scored a par on hole 15,” he said. “I’ve never scored par in a tournament game before, so that was sick.”
He described the experience as very satisfying.
“I managed to hit all my shots right, and bam!” he said.
He said all three members of the Country Day team showed improvement.
The team played the same golf course in last week’s game; when re-playing the course they did better. “This time, all of us scored better,” Gulati said.
Gulati wants to work on developing his short game.
“I’m doing well on my driving shots, but short game is where things fall apart — chip shots, putting,” he said.
Vargo also said the team should focus on their short game.
However, Gulati is optimistic about the golf team’s chances of improving its game.
“We are improving, and that should continue throughout the season.”
The Cavs’ next game is March 15 against Valley Christian.
— By Samhita Kumar