Eagles Hope to Compete in Championships

The Eagles are preparing to make a run in the playoffs for the championship.

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After losing only one game this season, the Eagles, Stuyvesant’s coed boys’ varsity golf team, traveled to Pelham Bay Park on Tuesday, May 8 to compete in their second-to-last game of the year. Facing Eleanor Roosevelt High School, the Eagles swept all of their matches in a 5-0 victory.

In three of the five matches, senior and captain Christopher Chan, sophomore Alex Camaev, and freshman Declan Stacy won every single one of the five holes. Senior Jeffrey Luo won four out of five holes, and in the closest match, junior Simon Tsui won two holes, only one more than his opponent. To win a hole, a player needs to get the ball into the hole in fewer shots than their opponent.

Ahead of the match, two golfers from Stuyvesant’s team, Camaev and Chan, were chosen to compete in the 2018 PSAL Coed Individual Championships on May 9. Chan has won all eight of his matches this season, including his match on Tuesday. Chan finished in second place in the 2018 PSAL Coed Golf Individual Championship which he won the year before, qualifying for the state competition.

“My goals for the season are to finish undefeated and finish top five at State’s,” Chan said when asked about his goals for the remainder of the season. “I am preparing for Individual’s by practicing as much as possible. On school days, I try to go to the driving range, and on weekends I try to practice on the course. I also am trying to focus on putting, which I have had trouble with,” Chan said. When asked about the New York State Federation High School Championships, coach Emilio Nieves said, “I expect [Chan] to contend for first place once again.”

On May 17, the Eagles played their last game of the season against first-place undefeated Hunter College High School. They lost 3-1 with Chan being the only Eagle to win his match. Tsui ended with a tie and the rest of the team lost. As a result, the Eagles finished third in the Manhattan division and are scheduled to play Robert F. Wagner Jr. in the first round of the playoffs. “In terms of our chance to win a championship, it will be difficult, but I have seen some improvement of our freshmen (Ethan Machleder and Declan Stacy), so if they continue to improve, we will be a difficult matchup for our playoff opponents,” Nieves said.