Golf claims another Inter-Ac under new coach

Charlie Baker ’20 teeing off at EA Day, November 9, 2018 – courtesy of Communications

2019 was a tale of two seasons for the Inter-Ac champion Fords Golf Team. The Fords started the season gunning, posting commanding victories in the first two Inter-Ac golf tournaments. It appeared that the Fords had already solidified their Inter-Ac crown.

     Fifth Former Tyler Zimmer noted the team’s impressive start.

     “We came off of the summer season hot, winning our first two tournaments. The start to the season was a showcase of how talented our team is and what we can achieve when we play at our best,” Zimmer said.

     But following this strong start, the Fords struggled in the middle stages of the season.

     “We weren’t successful the entire year,” Zimmer said. “That period of initial success was followed by a three-match stretch where we didn’t win any of the tournaments.”

     As a result, other teams in the Inter-Ac—specifically Malvern and EA—gained ground on the Fords. And with only one tournament remaining, the Inter-Ac title was open to all three teams and would be determined by who performed the best in the final competition.

Infographic by Adam Greenfield ’21

     But the Fords bounced back. In the final tournament of the season, the Fords remained poised, propelling them to victory.

     “We knew the Inter-Ac depended on how we performed in the last match of the season. After five tournaments, we were all square with EA and Malvern, meaning the last tournament was our Inter-Ac championship,” Zimmer said. “Even though we weren’t successful all year, I would definitely say we were successful when it mattered.”

     The championship came under new Head Coach Cole Berman ’14, who took over for Gui Costin, who stepped down from the position after last season after his son Mac graduated. Berman served as an assistant coach last year and played an integral role in the team’s turnaround in their final tournament of the season.

     “Coach Berman was an amazing mentor. To make him proud, we all put the work in on our own time, with golf being an individual sport. Coach was there for us, picking us up, and that is what counted,” Zimmer said.

     And with Berman at the helm, the Fords look towards their head-to-head EA Day matchup. As they did in the Inter-Ac, the Fords aspire to come out on top.

     “Our team’s goal for EA Day is obviously to win,” Zimmer said. “And in the process of doing so, we don’t want to even let the match be close. We have a lot of talent on our team, and if we play, there is no doubt in my mind that we can achieve this goal.”

Infographic by Jaamir Shaw ’21

Author: Ryan LaRocca '20

Ryan LaRocca is an editor-in-chief of the newspaper, previously serving as the editor of the sports section. Last year, his article "J.R. Leitz emerges as leader in the pool" received third place recognition for sports articles in the Philadelphia-area Scholastic Writing Awards. This year, his piece "Swimming & diving look to spring back" earned a Gold Key and his feature "Rise of the Jewish Student Union" earned a Silver Key. Outside of The Index, Ryan acts as the captain for the water polo team and the vice president of the Entrepreneurship Club. In the classroom, his favorite subject is history.