The names Lu and Trinh have climbed area golf courses for the last half decade, received dozens of team and individual awards, and pushed West Windsor-Plainsboro North to the top.
So, as we prepare to compete once more for team titles in the Mercer County Tournament for the first time since 2019, that these two surnames had a great week.
It was not Hannah and Katie, but Ethan and Jerry.
Jerry Lu and Ethan Trinh advanced to a team title at the Bombers Tee Off Classic in a loaded field of 26 teams. Lu shot a one-under-par 69 to defeat Trinh (even-par 70), while Kris Korpal shot a 79 to give North a team score of five-over-par. This would put the Knights to the game for the 2022 MCT, which will be held on April 28.
The Knights, led by Lu and Trinh, were delighted to see the show.
"We all were super happy after that round," Lu said. "It was a fantastic day. I knew there were a lot of really great teams, like Mainland. Rickie Reck (Midd. South, shot a 73), and Arjun Malik (Marlboro, shot a 73). Both of them are very good.
"But since we came out on top, it will be a huge confidence booster for us. That day, I played as much as possible. My misses were correct when they had to go, and my short game was on point."
A LOOK BACK OF THE WEEK THAT WAS SOUTH
With a near zero result, WW-P North captures a Bombers Tee Off Classic.
On their home course Monday, some people thought the Knights would do something special, but were they five-over-par to win the team title with nine strokes against a strong Middletown South team, and 13 against a good Mainland team? It might have been a little far-fetched, but North has done it.
The Spartans are still scoring poorly as their start to 6-0.
Did anyone believe Steinert would be so good in 2022? The Spartans were certain that they are doing well on the course. While Steinert has not played the top of the CVC yet, it will in the next couple weeks. Will they maintain this sub-160 average?
In a rain-shortened relationship, Hopewell Valley and WW-P North achieve the same score.
Which is the best team in the CVC? Right now, it appears like a top battle between the Bulldogs and the Knights, which was shown in full detail this week. The two teams played out a 128-128 challenge over seven holes (shortened due to rain), and will head into this very dangerous MCT, believing they have a chance to win the first team title since 2011.
North girls advantage South to gain a win in the early season battle.
This week, the Knights defeated WW-P South 183-185, led by Elenora Byrne and Karishma Dhayagude. Now, the question is whether WW-P North has the strength to win another MCT crown?
A LOOK AHEAD TO THE NEXT WEEK
Saturday, 4/19, girls golf, WW-P North at East Brunswick, 3 p.m.: East Brunswick has had a difficult time facing the Knights over the last five years, and is looking to get a little revenge here.
Wednesday, 4/20, boys golf, Steinert vs. WW-P North, 3 p.m.: A massive test for both teams just one week before the Mercer County Tournament.
Vince Cifelli's Eagles have not beat this Bernards team in years, but might that change in 2022? Can they soar to victory?
Montgomery at Wall, Monday, 4/25, boys golf, 3:30 p.m.
THE WEEK'S BOYS PLAYER
Jerry Lu, a WW-P North, Jr., a senior fired a 69 to defeat teammate Ethan Trinh by one stroke to advance in the Bombers Classic, and also led the Knights to a team championship, with an astonishing five-over-par score.
Jerry Lu of West Windsor North joins the Boys CVC Match Play Final, defeating West Windsor-Plainsboro North 157-167 on 5/25/2021Larry Murphy | For the Times of Trenton
THE WEEK GIRLS PLAYER
Megan Meng, So.: Meng is the clear favorite to win the Mercer County title on April 28, and it may sway Angelina Tolentino's run as the state's best sophomore and player. She scored a 29 (seven holes) to lead Hopewell Valley against WW-P North this week.
Megan Meng of Hopewell Valley Golf takes on Princeton in the CVC Match Play Tournament on 5/20/2021Larry Murphy | For the Times of Trenton
THE WEEK'S BOYS TEAM
Steinert (6-0): The Spartans are out of the gate on fire, and so far they will have a few shootings in 2022. Matt Vernon and Alex Ferrara have led the way: Can this team compete in the MCT in a week and a half?
THE WEEK'S GIRLS TEAM
After the Knights beat South by two strokes to win the first head-to-head match of the season, WW-P North dominated at the first two tournaments of the year.
TIMES BOYS GOLF SUPER SIX (NJSIAA SCHOOLS)
2. WW-P North (3-0-1)
2. Hopewell Valley (4-0-1)
4. Steinert (6-0)
3. WW-P South (3-1)
6. Princeton (3-0)
TIMES GIRLS GOLF FAB FIVE (NJSIAA SCHOOLS)
1. WW-P North (3-0)
2. WW-P South (2-1)
4. Allentown (3-1)
5. Hightstown (0-3)
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