The Charlottesville High School golf team won the Jefferson District championship for the first time in school history last season. They're hoping for another title this year, and the Black Knights are preparing for the season by spending the summer hitting the links as a team.
The Charlottesville High School golf team teed it up at Meadowcreek Golf Course Tuesday morning, just as they have on every Tuesday throughout the summer.
Senior Ryan Cox says, "Playing with the team, you get a good chemistry, and since we play most of our matches with another person from our team, it's good to get familiar with them, so they can know your shots, and help you out when you're on the course. Maybe pick you up when you're down. It's just a good experience. Good practice for the real thing."
Dick Engel has coached at CHS since 1968, and coached the golf team for the last 22 years, finally breaking though with his first district title last season.
"It's been a long time trying to win it," says Engel. "We finally came through, the kids came through. I didn't come through, the kids came through."
Cox says, "Pretty much all our team, we really wanted to win one for coach Engel. He hadn't had one here in his whole career, and he's a great coach, and he really deserves one."
The Knights will have five of six players returning this year, but there is one thing they don't have. "We need a little bit more money, because some of the funding for our team got cut," says Cox.
Senior Ben Perkins says, "Personally, my legs on my golf bag have never worked, so I'm not really sure how it feels to have new stuff."
The team is trying to rectify the situation with a fund-raising tournament this weekend, which will go towards new bags, shirts, and tournament entry fees.
"We'll look good, anyway," says Engel. "We might be the best looking team out there this year."
Over a dozen teams have already signed up for Saturday's tournament at Meadowcreek.
Perkins says, "I think it's great that a high school program like ours can get such a good fundraising event."
Cox adds, "It shows that the Charlottesville golf team has a lot of supporters. I think it's good to know we have such a wide base of fans within the city, and maybe in the county too, hopefully."
There is still time to sign up for Saturday's tournament. If you are interested in playing, you can contact Kara Cox at 434-979-837, or Coach Engel at 434-962-7179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.