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With schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the high school sports season suspended, seniors who play spring sports are missing out on their final athletic opportunities. With that in mind, each week during the spring the Shore Sports Network will feature a senior athlete who would normally be making headlines on the field, diamond, track, golf course, tennis court or volleyball court. Each athlete will receive a $25 Jersey Mike’s gift card as the iconic Jersey Shore business continues its support of Shore Conference athletics.

Marlboro's Edward Jang
Photo by Marco Mercurio. Artwork by Steve Meyer/Townsquare Media NJ.

Athlete: Edward Jang

School: Marlboro

Spring sport: Golf

Bio: Jang finished in the top 20 at the Monmouth County Tournament, the Shore Conference Tournament and the NJSIAA Central/South Group 4 Sectional Tournament and had a 39.2 nine-hole scoring average in dual matches. He carded an 83 to finish T18 at the MCT at Howell Park Golf Course, shot a 79 to finish 11th at the SCT at Charleston Springs and finished T15 with an 80 during the sectional tournament, also at Charleston Springs. Jang was a second-team All-Shore selection by the Asbury Park Press.

Favorite club in your bag: "I think it would have to come down to either my driver or 5-iron. It depends on the day."

Home course: Charleston Springs Golf Course in Millstone.

Best round: Even par (71) at Gambler Ridge Golf Club in Cream Ridge (Upper Freehold Township).

Other sports: Wrestling. Jang went 31-13 at 160 pounds and qualified for the NJSIAA Championships for the first time. He placed third at the District 19 Tournament and was fourth in the Region 5 Tournament.

College plans: "I plan on going to college but I'm still undecided as to where."

How are you staying in shape/practicing your sport?: "Honestly, I've been way too comfortable during this quarantine, haha."

Hardest part of being out of school/sports?: "I miss the thrill of competing and seeing my friends at school."

One positive that has come from having to stay at home: "Spending more time with my family even though they can drive me crazy sometimes."

Favorite stay-at-home activity: "Chillaxing, eating or playing video games. This quarantine has made me realize that I have no intrinsic motivation in the slightest and that I really am living way too comfortable. Hopefully, school and sports resume so I can curb this ridiculous laziness."

Coach's corner: "Ed has been the top golfer in our program since the first practice round I saw him play his freshman year. He is a hard worker and a great role model for the younger players. Ed doesn’t tell you how good he is, he just goes out and proves it.

"During the last golf match before the state cut-off his freshman year, the team needed a win and Ed needed a plus-4 or better that round to qualify for the state tournament. I was in his group that day, and as we walked up the ninth hole it was clear that neither was going to happen that day. He asked me, 'What do we do now?' I said, 'We learn from this and play the rest of our matches to make sure this doesn’t happen again.' It didn’t. Ed qualified each of the next two seasons. He played golf as if he were on a mission. Last year, he qualified so early that I was worried about him peaking too soon."

"I had high hopes for our team and for Ed this year. We were ranked 10th in the Shore and 25th in the state at the end of last year with everybody returning. I believed that Ed was going to be the dependable senior captain who would be one of the top golfers in the Shore/state." - Marlboro head coach Robert Anderson.

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