SPRING FORWARD: Senior-to-be wide receiver/quarterback/safety Mikal Harrison-Pilot and the Temple Wildcats will play their annual Blue-White spring game at 5 p.m. today at Wildcat Stadium. The four-star recruit and three-year varsity starter has helped Temple record back-to-back District 12-6A championships with 7-0 records. The 2022 season opener for head coach Scott Stewart's Wildcats is on Saturday, Aug. 27 against McKinney at McKinney ISD Stadium. (File photo by Mike Lefner, Temple ISD/Special to TempleBeltonSports.com)




By GREG WILLE

TempleBeltonSports.com

gwille2@hot.rr.com


The Temple Wildcats have worked on so many things and made so much progress during their four weeks of spring football practice that playing a game to conclude that stretch isn’t really necessary.

But the Blue-White spring game is an annual rite for Temple’s tradition-rich program, and it will give head coach Scott Stewart’s Wildcats an opportunity to compete and their fans a chance to watch some live action 3½ months before the actual games begin.

Today’s Blue-White scrimmage will begin at approximately 5 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium and likely will go for two hours. Asked what his biggest goal is for the Blue-White get-together on Bob McQueen Field, Stewart had an immediate response.

“Get out healthy. I mean, this is Day 18 (of spring practice) for us, so it’s time for it to be done,” said Stewart, who’s 57-19 with six playoff appearances in six seasons as Temple’s head coach. “I’ve tried to be very transparent with the kids about the struggles they’re going to face. The third week of spring ball has been and always will be a grind. You get done with that second week and into that third week, it’s rinse and repeat.

“It’s time. And that’s why we do a little draft (for the Blue-White scrimmage). Some years we do (starting) offense vs. (first-string) defense. Well, crap, they’ve been doing that (throughout spring practice). The kids are excited about it and there’s been a little more trash-talking and fire going with it.”

Coming off a 9-3 season that featured its second consecutive 7-0 record in District 12-6A, Temple has 136 incoming seniors, juniors and sophomores listed on its Blue-White rosters, which have been selected to make them as evenly matched as possible.

Special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Robby Case is head coach of the Blue team, with offensive coordinator Josh Sadler serving as director of operations. Co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Chris Pilot is head of the White squad, whose director of operations is defensive coordinator Dexter Knox.

“There’s a bunch of really good players in the 2025 class, the current freshmen who are fixing to be sophomores,” Stewart said.

The Wildcats will start warming up around 4:50 and go through a punt block circuit and individual drills before the Blue-White scrimmage begins around 5. It will employ a four-quarter format using mostly a running clock, although the clock will stop after scoring plays and changes of possession.

“I want the last 4 minutes of each half to be a standard game clock so that if there’s a situation to work, we can work it, like if one group’s up by seven we can work a 4-minute offense (for the other group),” said Stewart, whose team has had a weekly scrimmage. “That’s what we do every week anyway, but this is two teams we drafted and it’ll be a little more fun. It won’t just be offense vs. defense. We literally drafted two different teams.”

The Blue roster is highlighted by several returning starters: quarterback Reese Rumfield, offensive linemen Endrei Sauls and Agustin Silva, tight end/fullback Landon Halvorson, defensive tackle and 12-6A Defensive Newcomer of the Year Ayden Brown, defensive end Jaylon Jackson and safety/linebacker Zion Moore.

Also playing for the Blue are incoming sophomore QB Kade Stewart – son of Temple’s coach – and two players who have moved in after competing for nearby schools during the 2021 season: defensive back Steve Jackson (Troy) and wide receiver Pharrell Hemphill (Cameron Yoe). Jackson’s younger brother is Lezlie Jackson, an incoming sophomore defensive back who played varsity baseball for Temple as a freshman.

Headlining the White team roster are two incoming fourth-year varsity starters in Baylor-committed linebacker and two-time 12-6A Defensive MVP Taurean York and wide receiver/quarterback/safety Mikal Harrison-Pilot, a four-star national recruit. Other returning starters include safety Naeten Mitchell and offensive lineman Jeremiah Mungia.

Additional players to watch for the White squad are junior-to-be quarterback Luke Law, incoming senior running back Deshaun Brundage, who moved to Temple after last football season, junior-be-safety Damarion Willis and incoming senior defensive lineman Kam Carter.

Temple is searching for production at running back with the graduation of Army-West Point-bound Samari Howard, the explosive and durable three-year standout who became the Wildcats’ all-time leader in touchdowns and total points scored.

Stewart said he’s encouraged by the potential of running backs Jer’Vonnie Williams, Brundage and Adrian Scott. Temple’s coach added that the staff is giving York some looks at running back and taking a look at the versatile Mitchell at slot receiver in an effort to give the Wildcats more playmaking options.

“I am not afraid to go both ways, especially with kids who will help us. I know that’s probably not as common or popular in 6A, but I don’t care when the game’s on the line,” said Stewart, whose team will open its 2022 season against McKinney on Aug. 27 in a Saturday afternoon matchup at McKinney ISD Stadium. The Wildcats’ home opener is Sept. 2 against Willis at Wildcat Stadium.

Another player who’s making a strong case for major playing time next season is incoming sophomore safety O’Ryan Peoples, younger brother of O’Tarian Peoples, who was a senior safety in 2021.

“O’Ryan is special, man. He’s one of the better athletes out there. He’s got great instinct and he’s got great anticipatory reflex,” Stewart said. “He is not afraid of physical contact. He knows how to play the game. He ran about a 10.9 (100-meter dash) in track, which ain’t bad for a 15-year-old kid.

“He can do some stuff with the football in his hands, but it’s hard to find that anticipatory reflex naturally. You can work on it, but some kids have just got it, and by God he’s got it. He has baited the quarterbacks into more RPO (run/pass options) picks, because he sits there, sits there, sits there and he knows what they’re going to do, and then he jumps it. It’s pure instinct.”

Current sophomore Rumfield didn’t move to Temple until last May, after his father, Brock Rumfield, was hired to join the Wildcats’ coaching staff. He learned the offense quickly during spring practice, played well in the Blue-White game and eventually earned the starting QB position with a strong summer camp.

Starting all 12 games, Rumfield received first-team all-district recognition after passing for 1,831 yards and 24 touchdowns against seven interceptions. Stewart commended Rumfield’s quick release and footwork.

Also competing for time at QB is the 6-foot-6, strong-armed Law, who quarterbacked Temple’s top junior varsity team to a district championship and then played well for the Wildcats’ varsity basketball squad. Stewart said Law has been slowed by a back ailment during spring practice.

The left-handed Kade Stewart also is part of the competition after quarterbacking Temple’s freshman team to a 12-6A crown.

“Right now, I would say that Reese probably has the upper hand. Luke’s been nursing that back injury, so he hasn’t been there as much,” said Stewart, who hasn’t hesitated at all to insert the versatile, mobile Harrison-Pilot at quarterback the last two seasons when Temple’s offense needed a spark. “Kade had to roll with the 2s the other day and threw a couple of touchdown passes, and in our last team scrimmage he orchestrated the only drive of the day that resulted in a touchdown. Some of that was Jer’Vonnie and other things, but I’m very proud of him. He’s doing a good job and I want to see where he fits.”

Stewart placed a large emphasis on strength training in the weight room following Temple’s second straight area-round playoff loss to nemesis Rockwall-Heath, 45-33 last November in Burleson.

“I believe the weight room builds strength, toughness, character and stick-to-itiveness,” he said.

The Wildcats have done what their coach wanted them to do throughout the offseason and four weeks of spring practices. Entering the Blue-White scrimmage, there’s only one more thing he wants his players to do.

Said Stewart: “I just want these kids to go out there tonight and have fun.”

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By GREG WILLE

TempleBeltonSports.com

gwille2@hot.rr.com


LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY – To keep their successful baseball season going and reach the Class 3A Region III quarterfinals, the Academy Bumblebees must get past the team that eliminated from the playoffs a year ago.

It’s an area-round rematch as ninth-ranked Academy (27-3) battles Whitney (17-10) in a best-of-three series that begins at 6:30 p.m. today at Lake Belton High School. The second-round clash continues at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Whitney. If a third game is required, it will be played at noon Saturday at Waco Midway.

After going 11-1 in District 19-3A to win the outright championship, Academy swept past Groesbeck in a bi-district series. Coach Garrett Vail’s Bees overcame a late deficit to defeat the Goats 6-5 in eight innings last Friday in Navasota.

Junior shortstop Lane Ward hit an early three-run triple, senior left-handed pitcher John Tomasek tallied eight strikeouts in three innings in relief of junior righty starter Alex Hoffman to earn the victory and senior second baseman Darion Franklin delivered a run-scoring single in the eighth for a walk-off win.

Academy had a much easier time the following day at the Waco ISD sports complex, beating Groesbeck 12-2 in six innings. Sophomore right-hander Trey Ward racked up 11 strikeouts in a complete game and the Bees lineup battered a series of Goats pitchers in the run-rule win that completed the sweep.

Academy's offense got contributions from Frankin, Tomasek and juniors Lane Ward, Alex Lawton, Hoffman and Kyler Smith along with sophomores Tyler Burnett, Zane Clark and Tyler Burnett.

Meanwhile, Whitney – the No. 3 seed from 17-3A – had to go the distance to advance past 18-3A runner-up Scurry-Rosser in a bi-district series. Scurry-Rosser won 5-2 in Game 1 at Whitney, but the Wildcats returned the favor the next day by prevailing 9-2 and 2-1 at Scurry-Rosser to seize the series victory.

One year ago, fourth-seeded Academy pulled off a first-round surprise by defeating 20-3A champion Franklin in a series that went three games. Whitney knocked the 13-18 Bees out of the playoffs a week later in an area-round series, grabbing a pair of 12-5 wins before Cameron Yoe swept the Wildcats (23-10) 7-6 and 7-5 in the Region III quarterfinals.

The survivor of the Academy-Whitney series will advance to next week’s regional quarterfinals to battle the Franklin-West winner. That best-of-three series began Wednesday evening as fifth-ranked Franklin earned a 3-2 win at West. The series resumes at 7 p.m. Friday in Franklin, with a third game to be played at 5 p.m. Saturday at Salado if necessary.

Franklin swept 19-3A No. 4 seed Rogers 4-0 and 6-3 last week, while West swept defending state champion Malakoff 11-0 and 12-7.

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SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT: Temple senior Daniel Moon and Richardson Pearce junior Preston Stout (left) react with grins after Moon made a 50-foot chip shot to save par on the par-3 16th hole during the final round of the UIL Class 6A state golf tournament Tuesday at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown. Moon's tee shot went into a water hazard for his only penalty stroke in 36 holes. Making his second straight state appearance, the Sam Houston State-committed Moon shot a 2-under-par 70 to finish with a 3-under 141 total, good for a share of eighth place in the 72-player field. Stout shot 67 and finished second with a 137 total, one stroke behind champion Matt Comegys of Plano West. (Photo by Greg Wille, TempleBeltonSports.com)





By GREG WILLE

TempleBeltonSports.com

gwille2@hot.rr.com


GEORGETOWN – Aside from saying his big-picture goal was to win, Temple senior Daniel Moon didn’t go into his second and final appearance in the University Interscholastic League Class 6A state golf tournament overly concerned about the scores he would shoot or the place in which he would finish.

Instead, Moon’s mission was simply to play his best golf, have as much fun as possible and savor the experience in his last act as a Wildcat. Perhaps it was that maturity and perspective that allowed Moon to achieve success as he battled head-to-head with some of the state’s premier high school players at Legacy Hills Golf Club.

After Moon’s up-and-down play in Monday’s first round resulted in a respectable 71, four birdies and two chip-ins for par highlighted his final-round scorecard on a hot, muggy Tuesday as the Temple medalist fired a 2-under-par 70 – repeatedly saving strokes with stellar wedge shots – to finish with a 3-under 141 total and in a three-way tie for eighth place.

“I definitely started getting physically tired a lot. My back was killing me throughout the back nine. I didn’t take (my backswing) back as far on some shots," said Moon, the first Temple boys golfer to compete in the state tournament. "But I had a lot of fun, and coming in I just wanted to find some satisfaction in the rounds. That’s exactly what happened.”

The Sam Houston State signee would have needed to shoot 65 to get into a playoff for the individual championship, while a 67 would have given him a share of the bronze medal for third place.

Certainly there were opportunities that Moon didn’t take advantage of, such as a long-range eagle putt from off the front of the green at the par-5 18th hole that came up well short, leading to a closing par. But on a day when his ball striking wasn’t up to his normal standards, the 5-foot-8, 130-pound Moon walked away with much more satisfaction than regrets.

One year after he shot rounds of 75 and 76 in his state debut to share 38th with Belton then-senior Dallas Hankamer, Moon was quite pleased to produce two under-par rounds – his total was 10 strokes better than last year – and acquit himself well in the elite field.

“I didn’t have any expectations coming into this tournament. I was really satisfied with how it went today, especially not hitting the ball as well today,” said Moon, who dramatically made a 50-foot pitch shot for par on No. 16 after his tee shot rolled into the water hazard.

“It was a mental grind out there for sure, trying to push through even though I wasn’t hitting it well. But I managed to get the wedge going and save me a few shots. I’m glad I can finish my last round in the state tournament under par. It means a lot.”

Said Temple fourth-year coach Allen Roark: “The score was good. I mean, today was a gutsy round in my opinion, because Daniel wasn’t hitting the ball as well as he did yesterday but he ended up scoring one shot better. It was impressive to see him patch that round together. That’s the best showing a Temple male has ever had, so it’s hard to complain. I’m really proud of him.”

Moon’s final-round playing partners were the talented tandem of Keller senior Kaelen Dulany and Richardson Pearce junior Preston Stout. Arkansas signee Dulany was the defending 6A individual state champion, while Oklahoma State commitment Stout was in position to win the 2021 state title as a sophomore before a triple bogey on the par-4 ninth, his final hole, dropped him one shot behind Dulany.

Moon has played with Dulany and Stout in various high-level junior tournaments, so he fully knew what he was up against entering his 8 a.m. tee time Tuesday.

Both Dulany and Stout carved out final-round 67s. Stout torched the front nine for a 6-under 30, knocking in a 160-yard shot for eagle on the first hole. The slow-starting Dulany – he double bogeyed the opening hole – caught fire and played his final 12 holes in 7 under par, punctuated by an eagle on No. 18.

“It was fun. Those guys played extremely well. They’re very well-mannered and just fun guys to play with all around,” Moon said. “We had a blast out there and thankfully we all played well and all had a good time. It was a good way for me and Kaelen to end our senior year.

“I’ve played with Kaelen a bunch of times and I’ve played with Preston a few times. We know how we all play and we’ve played in high-level tournaments together. It’s fun playing with those guys, especially guys who play extremely well like them.”

However, neither Dulany nor Stout was able to capture the individual championship. That’s because Plano West senior Matt Comegys birdied the par-3 16th hole and then eagled the par-5 18th to complete a 66 for an 8-under 136 total that edged Stout by one stroke and was two shots better than Dulany and San Antonio Clark senior Garrett Endicott, who shot a 70.

Sharing fifth place with 139 totals were seniors Zach Kingsland (69) and Jacob Sosa (66) of team champion Austin Westlake and sophomore Bowen Ballis (68) of The Woodlands College Park. Tying Moon for eighth place at 141 were two other seniors: Keller’s Daniel Choi (72) – son of longtime PGA Tour player K.J. Choi – and Leander Vandegrift senior Andrew Tan (70).

Westlake’s team cruised to its fifth consecutive 6A state championship, firing a 10-under 278 total in the final round for an 11-under 565 total and a 23-stroke victory over The Woodlands (588). Plano West (591) claimed third place.


MOON SHOT: With Temple coach Allen Roark looking on, Wildcats senior Daniel Moon hits his tee shot on the par-3 12th hole Tuesday during the final round of the UIL Class 6A state tournament at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown. After shooting rounds of 75 and 76 in his state debut last year to tie for 38th place, Moon recorded consecutive under-par rounds of 71 and 70 in his return and shared eighth place in the 72-player field. The Sam Houston State signee made an eagle and eight birdies in the 36-hole tournament. (Photo by Greg Wille, TempleBeltonSports.com)



Moon’s opening round Monday was a roller-coaster affair during which he followed a double bogey at the par-4 sixth hole – his only double in four state tournament rounds – by sinking a 25-foot eagle putt at his next hole, the par-5 seventh. He made only nine pars and closed his round with a disappointing three-putt bogey at the par-4 ninth.

Moon’s play was steadier during the final round, especially as he started off by recording six consecutive 4s. His handiwork with the various wedges helped him early and often.

His approach shot at the par-4 first rolled off the back edge of the green, but from 30 feet away his well-judged chip led to an easy par putt. On the par-4 second, Moon’s iron approach bounced through the green and settled 75 feet from the pin.

His ensuing flop shot didn’t quite reach the putting surface, but from 20 feet away his chip down a slope came out perfectly and rolled into the cup for a clutch par save. Moon celebrated with a big fist pump after his ball disappeared.

“Those were big momentum boosters,” Moon said. “I definitely didn’t hit it as good as yesterday. I definitely leaned on the wedge more than the putter.”

After making a sloppy bogey at the par-5 third hole Monday, Moon exacted his revenge in the final round. His approach shot left him with an uphill, 22-foot birdie putt. The ball almost didn’t reach the cup, but as Moon leaned toward the hole it dropped in, moving him to 2 under for the tournament.

“That first birdie on hole 3 was definitely good to have momentum-wise,” said Moon, the District 12-6A champion. “I told myself not to leave that putt short, because I knew it was going to be slow, and I didn’t. It fell in at the last moment. Those things feel good in the beginning of the round.”

A bogey at the par-3 fourth knocked Moon back to even for the day and 1 under overall. He pulled his tee shot on the par-4 fifth into the left weeds for the second straight day. He didn’t make a birdie like he did Monday, but Moon expertly two-putted from 45 feet for par.

After making a double bogey at the par-4 sixth hole Monday but following it with an eagle at the par-5 seventh, Moon gave himself birdie putts on each of those holes in the final round but settled for back-to-back pars. Moon pulled off another well-executed chip after missing the green left on the par-3 eighth. He almost holed it from 20 feet, setting up a tap-in par.

One day after he bogeyed the par-4 ninth with a three-putt after a perfect drive, Moon handled that hole much more effectively Tuesday. His uphill approach shot from 120 yards danced around the flagstick and Moon converted that short birdie putt to cap a 1-under 35 on the front nine and get back to 2 under in total.

A trend for Moon was coming back strong on the holes that stymied him Monday.

“Yes, for sure. I was noticing that throughout the day. That is golf,” he said.

With Stout having surged into the lead with the hole-out eagle and four birdies for a stellar front-nine 30, Moon certainly could have used a birdie at the par-5 10th, where he began the tournament with a birdie early Monday morning. However, he couldn’t get up and down from the greenside bunker and settled for a par. Moon didn’t birdie any of his final three par-5s Tuesday.

Moon made par at the par-4 11th but ran into trouble at the par-3 12th. He missed the green to the left and, after a nicely controlled long pitch across the green, narrowly missed the 5-foot par putt, falling back to even for the day and 1 under overall. Moon then missed the green at the par-4 13th but saved par thanks to a 25-foot chip to within inches.

Moon produced another highlight at the par-4 14th, hitting an accurate iron approach and then walking in a 15-foot birdie putt to get back to 2 under for the tournament.

“I wasn’t feeling comfortable all day with the putter,” Moon said. “I was a little shaky throughout the round, but toward the end I found a rhythm and started putting a little better and rolling it a lot smoother. I think it started on hole 14.”

Moon calmly made a 6-foot par putt on the par-4 15th, then came his adventurous experience on No. 16, a 198-yard par-3 with water to the right. In swirling winds, his tee shot began on a good line but veered to the right and landed on a grassy bank before rolling down into the hazard.

“That was one of the good shots I hit. It started just right of the flag, just where I wanted it to, and I thought it was going to draw over,” Moon said. “I knew where I was standing going into the last four holes. I was a few shots back and I just thought that if I can make a few birdies and maybe an eagle on the last hole, it would maybe get me a chance.”

When Moon took a drop near where the ball entered the water, it was the first penalty stroke he incurred in four rounds at the state tournament. Roark told an observer near the green that Moon needed to find a way to get his ball up and down for a bogey, but his star player had an unexpected bonus for the coach.

Using a wedge 50 feet from the hole, Moon lofted his third shot onto the green and the ball tracked toward the cup before disappearing for an unlikely par. Moon punched the air with his right fist as the gallery applauded, then smiled as he grabbed his ball out of the hole.

“I definitely leaned on the wedge more than the putter,” Moon said, “and especially that chip-in on 16 was huge for me.”

Added Roark: “It’s golf, man. From the hazard on 16, that could have been a double bogey easy. That was clutch.”

Moon summoned more shotmaking magic on the par-4 17th. His long drive came to rest in some yellowish sod just outside the left edge of a large bunker. With an uneven stance from 103 yards, Moon’s 58-degree wedge shot was all over the flagstick, spinning to within 3½ feet of the hole.

“The ball was below my feet about 6 inches or so, but the lie was really good and the wind was coming from right to left, kind of the same situation as yesterday when I made double (bogey on No. 6),” Moon said. “But I did learn from my mistake and I just went for it on that one.”

Moon converted the short birdie putt to get to 2 under on the round and 3 under for the tournament for the first time. At the time it seemed reasonable that a finishing eagle at the par-5 No. 18 hole might be enough to put Moon into position to earn a medal for a top-three finish. Dulany led Moon by only one stroke as they stood on the tee box, and Stout didn’t make a birdie after the eighth hole.

Moon blasted an ideal drive and his well-struck 7-iron approach shot from 220 yards finished on the fringe just in front of the green. Thirty feet from the hole and needing an eagle to make a big move at the last, Moon chose to putt through the fringe instead of trying to add one more great wedge shot to his collection.

His putt lost speed quickly and came up 10 feet short, then his birdie putt also lost pace near the end and peeled away before he tapped in for a 70 – his low round at state – and shook hands with Dulany, who sank a key 25-foot eagle putt, and Stout.

“That ball just didn’t come out (of the fringe) how I thought it would. Into the grain on the fringe, you’ve got to hit it a lot harder than you think,” Moon said. “I don’t know why I didn’t think of chipping it, to be honest. I was just so in the moment that putter was the only option I was thinking. I definitely didn’t hit it hard enough, but it did grab a lot into that grain and that really slowed it down. If I had to go back, I definitely would have chipped it.”

However, Moon isn’t big on regrets, and he quickly returned to glass-half-full mode.

“I’m happy with the way I finished, especially with how poorly I was striking the golf ball today,” he said.


TEMPLE TANDEM: Temple senior medalist Daniel Moon poses with Wildcats head coach Allen Roark after the final round of the UIL Class 6A state golf tournament Tuesday at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown. Moon last year became Temple's first male golfer to compete in the state tournament, and in his return trip to state this week he tied for eighth place with rounds of 71 and 70 for a 3-under-par 141 total. "I'm really proud of him," said Roark, a 1987 Temple graduate who's completing his fourth season as the Wildcats' coach. (Photo courtesy of Allen Roark, Temple ISD)



Moon expressed appreciation for the people who traveled to Legacy Hills to watch him play, including coaches, instructors, friends, supporters from Sammons Golf Links, his older brother, David Moon, and Dr. Jason Mayo, the Temple High School principal whose seventh-grade son, Jase, is an up-and-coming golfer who plans to play in high school for the Wildcats.

Roark, a 1987 Temple graduate, hopes that all the other golfers in Temple’s system have paid close attention to the example set by the accomplished and hard-working Moon.

“Yes, especially Daniel’s work ethic. They get to see what that kind of work ethic will do for you. Seeing it in person has to have a huge impact, more than just hearing about good players from other schools or districts or whatever. They got to watch it in action,” Roark said. “The coach-on-the-field mentality that he’s had, hopefully that does rub off. The other guys are talking about, ‘We’ve got to pick up the slack. Daniel’s not going to be here next year.’ We definitely need to have that kind of mentality going into next year.”

Moon’s second trip to the state tournament didn’t end with a championship or a medal, but he was proud of how he played and competed for two days and soon will leave Temple for Huntsville with positive memories of his career for the Wildcats.

“It’s been a blast playing all four years here. I don’t think it could have been any better, especially all the people who helped me get here like Coach Roark and Coach (Michael) Jones and all the people from Sammons who came out to support,” Moon said. “It’s been a dream four years of golf here. I don’t think I could have ended it better.

"I mean, it could have, but it was a satisfying four years of golf.”

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