It’s the best time of the year again — the Bbees are buzzing, the flowers have sprung and Christian Brothers Men’s golf is back. The Falcons are looking to do something that they have never done in the Coach Jim Ghilardi era: win a section title. Why do the Falcons have such high hopes even though they haven’t made the playoffs as a team in four years and finished last season with a 6-5 record coming in third place? Because the Falcons are returning three Capital Athletic League All-League players and one upcoming rising star.
Christian Brothers will be led by senior star Eric McMullen ’18, who is returning for his fourth season as a varsity player. Eric came in second last season for league MVP and has been grinding all offseason to make sure he is second to none in the MVP race this year. Our next All-League player is also a four year varsity player, Aaron Davis ’18. After having an amazing freshman season going to the playoffs as an individual, he hasn’t been since and is hungry to get back. Our last All-League player is third year varsity player senior Jacob Jones ’18. Jacob is coming back this season with some playoff experience as he and Eric are the only Falcons last season making the playoffs as individuals. Finally, the Falcons have brought up sophomore Hunter Leong ’20, who has a lot of potential to be a big name in the Capital Athletic League.
The biggest threats to the Falcons this year are the Vista Del Lago Eagles and the Rio Americano Raiders. Vista has dominated the CAL in the past years, but with half of their starting lineup graduating last year, the Eagles are inexperienced and CB is looking to take advantage. Rio has the defending League MVP on their roster, Mathew Sutherland, but you’re only as strong as your weakest link in High School golf, and as an overall team, the Falcons seem to have more talent. The Falcons will play their home matches at Bing Maloney, and after four years of playing there, the seniors have proven that it’s a reliable course that they often take advantage of. This team has talent from top to bottom, and if you don’t believe me now, just wait till the section tournament in May.
The Falcons had their first tournament of the year on Monday at St. Mary’s Kickoff Golf Classic Tournament at Stockton Country Club. The Falcons used this as experience as it was a talented field. Teams like Jesuit and Davis headlined the tournament, as Jesuit took first with Davis coming in second. Christian Brothers had a top ten finish coming in ninth. Our boys had an off day with a combined score of 433. Individual scores: Eric McMullen 79, Jacob Jones 87, Willie Osen 87, Aaron Davis 90, Hunter Leong 90, and Bobby Paterson 105. A rough day for the team since all but Eric and Aaron have never played that course before. Eric McMullen was only two shots off from sixth and was an off day for him. He will be looking to be in contention for the many upcoming tournaments the Falcons have scheduled in the near future.