Even for a largely individual sport such as golf, senior Marcus Thompson understands that leadership at the high school and college level can be a key component to a successful season—especially on a young team consisting of five sophomores and two freshmen like the 2011 Eagles men’s squad.
Thompson, who has played golf each of his four years, said his transition into the captain’s role has been smooth despite essentially being the odd man out as the only member of the class of 2012 on a team of eight.
“I like being the captain, the leader, the guy that everyone can look up to,” he said. “I know my teammates are depending on me to play well and it’s my job to get behind them.”
That job, admitted the CJ senior, is made easier when playing alongside friends. Five golfers—Ben Breh, William Howard, Aaron Marshall, Luke Schumann, and Chandler Spees—return from a season ago and all teammates are getting along very well, said Thompson.
Their friendships have fostered a winning attitude on the course, where the group has come together to post good scores as the season enters September. Thus far, the team is 2-0 in matches against Miamisburg and Vandalia Butler and has played notably well in recent tournaments.
As the feature team of the week, the Eagles enter their spotlighted contest—Tuesday’s Fairmont Invitational—having finished runner-up in a field of 19 at the Northridge Classic August 12 and after taking home the combined team championship trophy alongside the women’s team at the Diana Schwab Invitational on August 22.
“We've never played in a tournament with the girls, so to win it as one whole team was pretty exciting,” Thompson said. The yearly event at the Dayton Country Club dually hosts area men’s and women’s teams, taking the top eight scores (four guys, four girls) from each school to determine a champion. CJ brought home the hardware by shooting a combined 356 (view complete results here).
“Our season is looking pretty good, I hope we can finish in the top five on Tuesday,” Thompson said. The invitational starts at 8 a.m. at NCR Country Club.