The Crestwood Comets Golf Team began their season with a great boost of confidence as they won, for the third time in four years, the difficult Tryba Tournament, a preseason rivalry among many area high schools, and, that same week, defeated the varsity golf team from Dallas, Crestwood’s stiffest competition.
“We always like to be very, very competitive,” stressed longtime Coach Mark Jarolen. “We’ve always been very competitive at Crestwood and very successful. We hope to continue that success this year. We look forward to a great season.”
The team from Crestwood is indeed dedicated to winning as clubs have been swinging every weekday since August 14, as the members are constantly driving themselves to improve their scores. The solar eclipse August 21 didn’t even deter the golfers during their first tournament of the year, said Jarolen, as they barely noticed the darkening sky and focused on their game.
The Tryba Tournament is held each year in August, named after Tom Tryba, a high school golf coach who taught and coached at Hanover for over 30 years. Since Tryba passed away in 2011, the tournament has taken new meaning as golfers pay tribute to him each time they compete there.
At the Fox Hill Country Club in Exeter, 16 high schools bring their best golfers to compete in the Tryba Tournament. They play a regular game –18 holes –and, for each high school, six players participate. Of those six, the top four scorers –that is, those to score the fewest points –are counted toward the team title.
Jarolen had no trouble choosing who would be his six and the golfers