The names Lu and Trinh have won several tournaments in the area, won dozens of team and individual awards, and helped West Windsor-Plainsboro North to the top.
Consequently, as we prepare to compete once again for team titles in the Mercer County tournament for the first time since 2019, that those two surnames had a great week.
It was not Hannah and Katie, but Ethan and Jerry.
Jerry Lu and Ethan Trinh led the Knights to a team championship at the Bombers Tee Off Classic in a packed field of 26 teams. Lu shot a one-under-par 69 to defeat Trinh (even-par 71), while Kris Korpal led North with a team score of five-over-par. Jaisal Yadav is also the patron saint in the 2022 MCT, which will take place on April 28.
The Knights were given a great start to the season, led by Lu and Trinh.
We were all super pleased after that round, Lu said. It was a great day. I knew there were a lot of very good teams, like Mainland. Both of them are fantastic.
"But since we came out on top, it will be a big confidence booster for us. For me, I played so well that day. My missedes were correct when they had to go, and my short game was on point."
A LOOK BACK IN THE WEEK THAT WAS
With a nearly identical low score, WW-P North has captured a Bombers Tee Off Classic.
The Knights would perform something special on their home course Monday, but were they five-over-par to win the team title with nine strokes over a good Middletown South team, and by 13 over a good Mainland team? That may have been quite frightening, but North is doing it.
To start the season 6-0, the Spartans continue to have poor scores.
Did anyone think Steinert would be equally impressive in 2022? The Spartans surely did, and they are continuing to do so on the courses. So far this season, Steinert has been a team with TWICE, one of the most notable feats he has ever made.
Despite Steinert's absence at the CVC yet, it will continue in the next couple weeks. Will they keep up this sub-160 average?
In a rain-shortened season, Hopewell Valley and WW-P North shoot the same scores.
Which is the best team in the CVC? Right now, it appears like a battle at the top between the Bulldogs and the Knights, which was revealed in full detail this week. The two teams played out a 128-128 contest over seven holes (shortened due to rain with WW-P North winning on the tiebreaker) and will head into this very interesting MCT, believing they have a chance to win the first team title since 2011.
North girls fall behind South to gain a win in the early season.
This week, the Knights defeated WW-P South 183-185, led by Elenora Byrne and Karishma Dhayagude. The question is now whether WW-P North has the capacity to win another MCT crown?
A LOOK AHEAD TO THE NEXT WEEK
Thursday, 4/19, girls golf, WW-P North at East Brunswick, 15 p.m.: East Brunswick has had a terrible time with the Knights during their reign in the last five years, and is now looking for a bit of revenge.
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 may that change in 2022? Can they soar to victory?
Montgomery at Wall, Monday, 4/25, boys golf, 3:30 p.m.: State-ranked Wall will be a tough task for the Cougars, but will assist them in preparation for the Skyland and Somerset County tournaments.
THE WEEK'S BOYS PLAYER
Jerry Lu, Jr., beat teammate Ethan Trinh by one stroke to win the Bombers Classic, and also lead the Knights to a team title, with a five-over-par score.
Jerry Lu of West Windsor North sits out in the Boys CVC match play final, but Princeton defeats West Windsor-Plainsboro North 157-167 on 5/25/2021Larry Murphy | For the Times of Trenton
THE WEEK'S GIRLS PLAYER
Megan Meng, Hopewell Valley, and So. Meng is the clear contender to win the Mercer County title on April 28, and could give Angelina Tolentino a run as the state's finest sophomore and player. She led Hopewell Valley through a 29 (seven holes) 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 FEEK TEAM IN BOYS
Steinert (6-0): The Spartans are out of the gate on fire and are shooting very low numbers so far in 2022. Matt Vernon and Alex Ferrara have led the way: Can this team compete at the MCT in a week and a half?
THE WEEK'S GIRLS TEAM
After the Knights defeated South by two strokes to secure the first head-to-head match of the season, WW-P North finished ahead of South at the first two tournaments of the year.
TIMES BOYS GOLF SUPER SIX (NJSIAA SCHOOLS)
1. Montgomery (4-0)
2. WW-P North (4-0)
2. Hopewell Valley (4-1)
4. Steinert (6-0)
5. WW-P South (3-1)
6. Princeton (3-0)
TIMES GIRLS GOLF FAB FIVE (NJSIAA SCHOOLS)
1. NW-P North (3-0)
2. WW-P South (2-1)
4. Allentown (3-1)
5. Hightstown (0-3)
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