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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Golfing With Pals at the PALs

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Several golfers on the San Mateo High School Boys’ Golf Team qualified for the Peninsula Athletic League Championships, a golf tournament where any male golfers from the public high schools in the Bay Area can qualify for. This year, five team members qualified to play in the tournament.

To be able to participate in the “PAL’s,” golfers have to either rank in the top forty in the Bay Area or rank in the top ten at an eighteen-hole qualifier round. Those who qualify continue on to the first day of the PAL’s. After the first day is over, the best players from the first day continue onto the second day, where the winner of the PAL’s is decided.

As a member of the Boys’ Golf Team, I decided to play the qualifier round this year. Being a freshman, I really didn’t know how the PAL’s worked, so as I stepped up to the first tee, I started feeling nervous and afraid of messing up. Unsurprisingly, I botched my first tee shot of the day, managing to “hit” the ball an embarrassing ten yards. After, however, I managed to calm down enough to hit the rest of my shots decently, and I left the first tee with a double-bogey — not too bad considering my excuse for a tee shot.

As the round progressed, I started getting less nervous, and my game improved significantly. When I finished playing the last hole, I counted my score and found that I had shot an 88, which was good enough to place me in the top ten of the round. (I later found out that five other people had also gotten a score of 88.)

Overall, my time at the PAL qualifiers was an extremely fulfilling experience. I found it nice to have the opportunity to play with high schoolers of about the same age and see how I compared. In addition, I made new friends from other schools like Terra Nova, Hillsdale, and Aragon.

And of course, it’s always nice to leave halfway through the school day to go play some golf.

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