The journey has ended

By: Aaron Jackson for The News Messenger
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After the Lincoln High golf team won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV tournament over Placer, we practiced and played a scramble for a couple of days to prepare for The Masters at The Reserve in Stockton.

I also went out and played Lincoln Hills the day before the match and shot an 85. I was chipping and putting well, but was worried about my ball striking going into Monday’s match.

When Monday came around I felt rested and ready to go out and, hopefully, end my high school career on a high note with a good 18-hole round.

We got to the course around 7 a.m. and went to the driving range. I hit about 30 balls and most of them were solid, so I felt very confident in my swing before going out on the course.

After a short practice on the putting green, it was time to go out to the course for the shotgun start.

I started on the second hole and was immediately greeted by a 30 mph wind we were going to have to deal with. That wind stayed with us the entire round and I felt it was mostly coming at me.

I hit 12-of-14 fairways, but only hit about six greens. I drove the ball great, but when it came to my irons my ball striking was very subpar. My short game was average and I ended up with a score of 86.

I wasn’t all that pleased, but happy to find out that Connor Kurland shot a 78 and Austin Bennett shot a 79. As a team we shot 429 and lost to Placer by 10 strokes. Before we left the course, I went and said my goodbyes to everyone on Placer’s team and congratulated them on their accomplishments; shortly thereafter I was on my way.

On the final ride home I talked to Connor, Danny and the coaches about the season, and wished Danny luck for his next and final season playing Lincoln golf. When we got back into town, we grabbed a bite to eat and then said our final goodbyes to our golf season. And for us seniors it was the end of our high school careers.

Knowing that it was the end over those final 18 holes; I took in the experience and thought about what I and the team had accomplished. And not just over this season, but our entire golf careers. All of those past memories came back into my mind and I was happy I got to experience all of them.

Everything from my hole-in-one my sophomore year, to beating Placer in sections this year came into my thoughts. I have to say I am very proud, not only of what I accomplished individually, but what Connor, Sam and Austin accomplished as well – and the team as a whole.

The moments we had out on the course have been awesome and I will cherish them forever. Thank you to Lincoln High School golf and for the future – good luck!