Player spotlight: Finigan Tilly prepares for golf at UC Berkeley

Ivy Nguyen, Staff Writer

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On Feb. 3, senior Finigan Tilly officially signed a Letter of Intent to play golf at UC Berkeley.

“It’s going to take a lot of work and dedication, but I’m excited to play for the team. Berkeley is also just a great school,” said Tilly.

Since signing, he has been filled with anticipation for college golf, but he has remained focused for each Carlmont match as well.

After the match, Tilly reflected on his goals for the future. “I would like to pursue a career in professional golf, but that’s a few years away. Right now, I’m just taking it day by day and putting in as much hard work as I can and seeing what comes out of it,” he said.

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  • Senior Finigan Tilly assesses the surroundings before he makes a shot. Coach Johnny Hsu said, "Finigan understands what's going on around him. He understands wind, how hard he needs to hit the ball, and what kind of shot he needs to play."

  • Tilly looks in the direction of the hole to determine the angle and speed of his shot.

  • Golf is often referred to as the "gentleman's game," and the Carlmont Scots accordingly follow the appropriate etiquette. In this case, since Tilly was the first player to reach the "green," the area around the hole, he holds the flag that signifies where the hole is. After the players finish, Tilly places the flag back in the hole.

  • Tilly places the tee directly into the ground to prepare for the tee shot, which is the first stroke of each hole.

  • Tilly cleans the ball with a rag in order to make sure that it rolls smoothly. Hsu said, "Finigan is very detailed and focused. For golf, there is a huge mental aspect, and he is able to think things through."

  • Tilly uses a driver to hit the ball with more strength and distance.

  • Tilly follows through a stroke with perfect posture.

  • Tilly lightly taps the ball into the hole. After, he smiles, and he politely does not have a flashy reaction.

  • Tilly and junior Justin Chandra grab all of their equipment and sling it onto their backs to carry it to the next hole during a game.

  • After beating Terra Nova on March 29, Chandra and Tilly shake the hands of their opponents. Tilly said, "For this season, our goal is to qualify for CCS again and try to win league. My personal goal is to make it to state."

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