The 2021 Varsity Boys Golf team completed their season on Friday, June 11, at The Cardinal Hills Golf Club. This was the first season that the Division 2 West leagues were combined. This meant that our team played against schools we haven’t competed against in the past, and we played at golf courses that were new to us. Our season was a great learning experience. At the beginning of the season the team set a goal to not only work on the skills it takes to improve the golf game, but to work on etiquette and sportsmanship. Golf is a difficult sport and our athletes know it takes a lot of time and practice to become an excellent golfer. As a team, we set our sights on what we could control. We decided we could control how we handle the game and how we conduct ourselves on the course.
Our Cassadaga Cougars won the League Sportsmanship Award for the 2021 season. The school will be awarded a certificate announcing this from NYSPHAA (New York State Public High School Athletic Association). This award meant a lot to the team members because they worked hard to establish a positive rapport with the other teams throughout the season. The boys are excited and proud to present this award to our school, our athletics program, and the Board of Education. The award was voted on by all the teams in the league as well as the coaches. Only one award was given out, and it was unanimously voted to be given to Cassadaga Valley.
As always, we would like to thank Cassadaga Valley and the Board of Education for their continued support in our sport and with our high school athletics. Although Covid has brought many challenges and changes to our sports this year and we missed our opportunity to play spring sports last year, this is the type of award we are very proud to receive.
Congratulations to each member of the golf team, and their coach, Jody Hoffman! Thank you for representing our school and community so well.