|Golf ESC Championship|
|Date:||May 24, 2017|
1st place girls: Skye Rourke '20
The two-day ESC Golf Championship at the prestigious Country Club of Paris was the final tournament of the short golf season for the TASIS Tigers. Despite being one of the youngest teams at the tournament, we played like season veterans with years of PGA and LPGA tour experience.
To get all players acclimated with the course, a best-ball "scramble" was devised for 9 holes that allowed kids to get to know one another, learn the course, release the "jitters," and serve as a warmup for the real tournament that began later that day. In the nine-hole scramble, the winning team (at an impressive 3-under par) was helped by the efforts of TASIS captain Cristian Riis '20. His 100-yard wedge on the first hole left the team a 12-inch putt for the birdie, and they were off from there!
When the tournament began in the afternoon, the skies were blue and the temperatures were warm, and these conditions were the complete opposite from the cold and rain experienced at Gruyere a month ago. Scores were compiled using the Stableford Scoring System (double-bogie, 1 point; bogie, 2 points; par, 3 points; birdie, 4 points), and Skye Rourke '20 led the way for TASIS with 20 points. That total is an impressive number for 9 holes, and she really demonstrated why she was named the 2017 TASIS Varsity Golf team's Most Valuable Player. Of the seventeen other participants, only two others had higher scores after nine holes. Also with impressive front nine scores were Riis with 16 and William Stanford '21 with 14.
On Friday we returned to the course to play the second nine holes of the tournament. Under blue skies, the TASIS golf team continued to play well. Stanford posted the best TASIS score on day 2 with an impressive 18 points, and his two-day total of 32 points earned him 3rd place for the boys in the tournament. While also posting 32 points, Riis was cut out of the third-place award because he had fewer back-nine points than Stanford. The two female golfers from TASIS led the way, taking first (Rourke) and second place (Ally Pohl '19). All told there were many fine accomplishments and milestones for this young team, and I'm certain that they will continue to improve next year when they will continue to fight for the top spots at European golf championships.