The Strake Jesuit Golf Team looks to have a successful season as we return 10 of the top 12 players from last years squad. Many underclassmen saw varsity action last year and we hope that the experience we gained will help us improve on our finish from last year. We look to compete for a top spot in the 19-5A district tournament in April and to qualify for the regional tournmament.
Top returning players that earned a varsity letter last year include junior Zach Rodriguez (with an 82 tournament stroke average last year), freshmen Daniel Platt (83) and Matt Digoy (84). Senior Alex Trevino (84), coming back from a season ending injury, along with fellow seniors Bobby Heston (88) and Jack Hawkins (90) will provide the needed senior leadership. Juniors Nolan Aparicio (86) and newcomer senior Billy Dodd look to push for a top 5 spot. Sophomore Blake Joyner along with seniors Austin Taylor and Adrian Verde saw some limited varsity action last year and will try to break into the top 10.
A strong and full schedule will push the Crusaders to improve. Last year the Crusaders sent teams to 33 events. The 2 day events included some the most competitive in the Houston area. They included the Woodlands Classic, Kingwood Invitational, and the Klein-Millard Roth Memorial. The Deer Park Regional Preview, Magnolia Spring Shoot-Out, the Conroe Classic, the Katy Taylor Brock-Corser Classic along with a trip Bryan highlighted the full schedule.
This year the team will also play in many of those same tournaments as well as tournaments hosted by Pearland, Mayde Creek, Katy, Cinco Ranch, Clear Springs and Clear Lake as well as many others. We will also host the 33st Annual Strake Jesuit Invitational at Sugar Creek Country Club. Our tournament is one the longest running tournaments in the Houston area and last year we hosted over 36 varsity and junior varsity teams. Our schedule will allow the Crusaders to play on some of the finest courses in the area. These include Eagle Pointe, Southwyck, Timber Creek, Augusta Pines, TPC at the Woodlands, High Meadow Ranch, River Ridge, Kingwood Country Club and Sugar Creek. Once again we will have the privilege of practicing at some of the finest courses in the Houston area. Braeburn, River Ridge, River Oaks, Sugar Creek and Riverbend have all be gracious in allowing us to practice at their facilities. We will also have a full schedule for the freshmen and JV players, as we will send teams to over 20 sub varsity events
The Crusader Golf Team will continue their tradition of service by once again participating in the annual golf service project. This year the team worked at Memorial Park, helping the Memorial Park Conservancy, as we did last year Being the first athletic team here at Jesuit to organize and run an annual project, the Crusader Golf Team continues to hold forth the Jesuit tradition of being “Men for Others”. Over the years, the team has donated their time to Habitat for Humanity, the Houston Food Bank in addition to the Memorial Park Conservancy.