Profiles of the Camden County College Golf Team

By Sierra Morrison
CCC Journalism Program

The Camden County College golf team participated in the Golden State Athletic Conference in Flanders on May 4.  Finishing third, they qualified for the regional championships at Crystal Springs.

Last year, CCC golf team made it to Regionals and hope to make it to Nationals.  Nationals will be in Chautauqua, N.Y. from June 1-5.

The team is comprised of students Brandon Schiesser, David Tortu, Eward Barycki, John Kennedy, Matthew Everett, Nicholas Dalessandro, Peter DeStefano and Zakary Smith, they share their thoughts about golf.

DeStefano started playing golf in his sophomore year of high school, approximately four years ago due to a soccer injury.  I enjoy it all, especially when I am with my friends who play too,” he said of playing golf.

DeStefano’s favorite course to play is Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill.

DeStefano’s lowest round, or lowest score, is a 72 even.  The closest he has ever gotten to a hole-in-one is, “less than 1 inch.”  The strongest part of his game is “the short game, chipping and putting, the weakest being the drive.”

In short game, small shots are required for accuracy.  Chipping is a shot usually within a few yards of the putting surface that results in the ball popping into the air, then hitting the ground and rolling forward.  Putting is a light golf stroke made on the putting green in an effort to place the ball in the hole.

DeStefano’s goal is “to play golf at a four year college next year.”

Asked where do you think golf will take you for the future, he said, “hopefully I get to play on a tour when I get better, even if it isn’t the PGA, and it’s the amateur tour.  But, if I was not to make it, then I hope I have a good job that can support all of my family.”

Kennedy started playing golf at the age of 10 due to his dad’s interest.  His best memory from playing golf is “making it to regionals this year.”

Kennedy’s favorite course to play is Baywood Greens in Long Neck.

Kennedy’s lowest round, or lowest score, is a 77.  The closest he has gotten to a hole-in-one is, “a foot.”  The strongest part of his game is “the short game, the weakest being iron play.”

Kennedy’s goals are to get a scholarship and proceed from there.

Asked where he thinks golf will take him for the future, he said, “hopefully somewhere with money.”

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