Falcons cruise to CVCL victory
With the Forest Lake Christian golf team beating league foe Sacramento Waldorf by nearly 100 strokes in match play Tuesday afternoon at DarkHorse Golf Club, the real competition turned out to be between the Falcons themselves.
For one golfer, this scenario played to his favor, but for the other it actually ended being counterproductive.
At the end of the par 36, nine-hole round, FLC sophomore Peter Burton snagged his best-ever competition score by shooting a 40 and topping team captains Jeff Pulliam and Ian Shore by five and six strokes, respectively.
“I was really satisfied with that round,” Burton said. “I was just draining putts – it seemed like I would putt the ball and a magnet would just take it to the hole.”
Burton attributes the win to taking more of a relaxed approach to the round than he has in past rounds – hitting the fairways today more so for a good time than a great score.
“He shot better than I thought he would today,” Forest Lake Christian coach Joel Meisenheimer said. “We have three or four kids who are all somewhat close to each other. It’s nice if someone doesn’t shoot so well, another player can step up.”
While Burton thrived in the relaxed atmosphere of the round, senior standout Pulliam struggled, shooting well over his usual one or two over par.
“The lack of competition does affect me,” Pulliam said. “I just can’t focus as well.”
In addition to the easy-going environment around him, Pulliam said he struggled with his short game as this is only the second time he has hit the links since taking a week off for spring break. He noticed that his touch around the green was a tad off with his tee shots struggling a bit as well.
While Pulliam hates losing – and doesn’t do it very often to one of his teammates – he admits that the worst part of it will be the good-natured ribbing he will have to endure the remainder of the season from Burton and his teammates.
That fact is not lost on Burton who says it does feel good to beat the captain and that down the line if he’s on the receiving end of some teasing he can always bring up his round against Sacramento Waldorf.
Meisenheimer would like to see his sophomore to hit in that range consistently as he knows his team will probably need to hit in the 220s to be competitive in some upcoming matchups.
Forest Lake Christian’s Jason Pulliam shot a 47 with Jeremy Brown coming in with a 56. The Falcons totaled 235 strokes to Sacramento Waldorf’s 321 strokes.
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