Capsule outlook of the area’s high school golf teams
High school golf outlook
Coach: Ken Gauthier (7th year)
Last year: 13-6, 5th in D-II
Returning starters: Alex Von Svoboda, sr.; Nick Vermette, sr.; Alex Thompson, sr.; Brendan Bryck, sr.; Connor Gagnon, sr.; Jack Bryck, jr.
Top newcomers: Jackson Bouley, so.; Danny Bryck, fr.; Madison Smith, fr.
Outlook: The Green Giants return a ton of experience from last year’s team and they expect to at least equal their regular season record. They have a good chance to move up in the team standings in the D-II tournament, not only because of all the returning talent, but also because the event will be held at Beaver Meadow, their home course. Von Svoboda, who finished sixth in the individual tournament last year, and Vermette will be a formidable pair at the top of the Giants roster with Thompson and Brendan Bryck providing quality depth. Gagnon and Jack Bryck will also play important roles. “The five seniors this year will be asked to carry the load in order to get the team back to the state tournament and hope for another high finish,” Coach Gauthier said.
Teams to beat: Windham, Hanover, St. Thomas
Coach: Tim Tenasco (13th year)
Last year: 1-19, did not make tournament
Returning starters: Joe Anatone, sr.; Ben Butcher, sr.; Justin Demers, sr.; Sam Fortier, sr.; Liam Corless, jr.; Luke Zollman, jr.; Ben Porter, jr.; Erik Rolser, jr.; Jeremy Fenerty, jr.; Taylor Dow, so.; Ryan Oliver, so.; Bryce Twombly, so.
Top newcomers: Dylan Andrews, fr.; Joel Boulanger, fr.
Outlook: With 12 athletes returning from last season’s roster and many team members working over the summer to improve their golf games, the Bears are hoping for some quality wins. “We need to get back to where we were three years ago when we qualified for the state tournament. This year we finally have enough kids in the program to provide depth for us against a lot of very tough competition in Division II,” Coach Tenasco said.
Teams to beat: Hanover, Lebanon, Windham
Coach: Chris Meehan (10th year) and Rich Hellings (1st year)
Last year: 5-13, did not make tournament
Returning starters: Ben Guilmette, sr.; Matt McFall, jr.; Kyle Kolehmainen, jr.; Adrian McCarthy-Tiella, jr.; Chris DePaula, so.
Top newcomer: Zach Hellings, sr.
Outlook: With five players back from last year’s team, and another returning after a year’s hiatus, the Generals should improve on their 2012 record. Guilmette was the team’s low scorer last year and returns as a senior co-captain along with Hellings, who rejoins the team after a successful sophomore season two years ago. “This team is working hard at shaving strokes from each round of play with a more confident, high-percentage shot-taking approach,” Coach Meehan said.
Teams to beat: Hanover, Windham, Portsmouth, Hollis-Brookline
Coach: Bob Landry (7th year)
Last year: 0-19, did not make tournament
Returning starters: Brandon Desilets, jr.; Matt Gilliland, sr.; Chris Maxwell, sr.; Braydon Wilson, sr.; Justin Brochu, sr.; Nicco Vizziello, sr.
Top newcomers: Jesse Demers, so.; Glen Shattuck, sr.
Outlook: “With six players returning that have scored in a match and a lack of tournament golf experience, Merrimack Valley will need to see improvement throughout the lineup for the team to be respectable,” Coach Landry said. “We will need to improve each day to produce a reasonable team score.” Landry added that Gilliland, who competed in the state tournament last year, and Desilets and Demers are experienced players who are capable of providing consistently good scores.
Teams to beat: Windham, Hanover, Lebanon
Coach: Beth Hamilton (2nd year)
Last year: 3-16, did not make tournament
Returning starters: Casey Gut, sr.; Bobby Andrews, jr.; Scott Batchelder, jr.
Top newcomers: David Hammond, fr.; Nick Berube, so.
Outlook: The Spartans’ roster is made up of a lot of newcomers and a small core of returning starters. “We are solid at the top,” Coach Hamilton said, “but still need experience to be a serious contender for a tournament bid.”
Coach: Kevin Charleston (11th year)
Last year: 8-13, did not make tournament
Returning starters: Brandon Pearl, jr.; Caleb Drouin, so.; Mike Sanborn, so.
Outlook: With only three returning players and no seniors, the Red Raiders will look very different this season. However, the three returning players (Pearl, Drouin and Sanborn) all gained some valuable experience playing in every tournament last season. Pearl and Drouin played well enough in the state tournament to qualify for the second day of the individual tournament. Both of them can shoot low and can win a tournament on any given day. Sanborn made a late charge last season, starting out as the No. 5 starter, but tying for medallist honors in the last match. The five freshmen will be the wildcards and could dictate Belmont’s chances of qualifying for the state tournament. Antonucci and Hunt look to round out the top five with Iacopucci possibly taking a top-five spot as the season progresses.
Teams to beat: Bow, Mascenic
Coach: Mike Seraikas (15th year)
Last year: 21-2, D-III champion
Returning starters: Jake Rand, sr.; Josh LaCasse, sr.; Jeremy Duhamel, jr.; Sam Morrow, sr.
Top newcomers: Doug Champagne, fr.; Colin Plumb, fr.
Outlook: The Falcons are loaded with returning talent, new talent and high hopes. “The expectations are very high, but we still have to play,” Seraikas said. “It’s the same story every year. you play your whole season, but then it really comes down to one day in October.” Rand, LaCasse and Duhamel were Bow’s top three scorers on that one day in October last year during the team championships, and then finished fourth, sixth and eighth, respectively, in the final individual standings. They’ll be joined by Champagne, who won the Concord Country Club title this summer. The Falcons also have experienced depth in seniors Morrow, Trevor Garrett and Jacob Berrigan and junior Tyler Cole.
Teams to beat: Gilford, Pelham, Mascenic
Coach: Phil Swasey (4th year)
Last year: 13-9, 7th in D-III
Returning starters: Austin Murdough, jr.; Danny Egner, sr.; Paul Mooney, jr.
Top newcomers: Brandon Soules, so.; Cody Brien, so.; Emma Moore, so.
Outlook: The Hillcats lost their top three scorers from last year’s team, so they will need some improvements up and down the roster in order to get back into the postseason. “Hopefully, with hard work, (we can) make the tournament,” Swasey said.
Teams to beat: Bow, Mascenic
Coach: David Muzzey (15th year)
Last year: 9-13, did not make tournament
Returning starters: Bailey Kane, sr.; Andrew Arnold, jr.; Lucas Muzzey, so.; Laura Rodgers, jr.; Zach Swinerton, jr.
Top newcomer : Connor Shannon, sr.
Outlook: The Cougars have a solid pair of leaders in Kane and Arnold, the team’s co-captains. Those two, along with Muzzey, will need to deliver some low scores if the Cougars want to improve on last year’s mark and qualify for the postseason. Rodgers and Swinerton gained some varsity experience last year and hope to build on it this season.
Teams to beat: Bow, Pelham
Coach: John Larsen (3rd year)
Last year: 9-15, did not make tournament
Returning starters: Jordan Dahl, sr.; Riley Campbell, jr.; Andrew Broughton, jr.
Top newcomer: Matt Hoey, fr.
Outlook: The Bears have a solid leader in Dahl, who made the cut for the D-III individual tournament last fall and has been working on his game all summer. Campbell and Broughton, “have vastly improved over the last two years,” according to Larsen, who also noted that Hoey has looked good so far. The problem for Winnisquam is depth, as in there is none after those four and the team is just hoping to add more players in the early portion of the season.
Teams to beat: Mascenic, Monadnock, Pelham, Bow.
Coach: Todd Rudis (2nd year)
Last year: 3-20, did not make tournament
Returning starters: Courtney Mazur, jr.; Jacob Geddis, so.; Billy Mazur, so.; Nathan Cartier, so.
Top newcomer : Corey Nelson, fr.
Outlook: The Golden Tornadoes took their lumps last year, but gained plenty of experience in the process, and they’re hoping that pays off this season. Geddis will likely lead the way in terms of scoring, followed by Courtney Mazur and Nelson, who “has been impressive in early practices,” according to Rudis. “We should be competitive in a number of matches,” Rudis said.
Teams to beat: Derryfield
Coach: Jeff Cahill (6th year)
Last year: 18-3, 3rd in D-IV
Returning starters: Sam Winslow, sr.; Peter Benson, jr.; Jamison Crouch, jr.; Evan O’Keeffe, jr.
Top newcomer : Nick Fairneny, fr.
Outlook: Despite losing their senior co-captains to graduation, the Hawks look poised to remain one of the top contenders in Division IV after finishing third in the state tournament and second in the regular season. The team is positioned well to do so, with 10 golfers returning from last year’s roster including Winslow, Benson and Crouch, all of whom had strong showings at the state tournament, and O’Keeffe, returning from a season-ending injury. Winslow, a four-year starter and Hopkinton’s team captain, is one of the top golfers in the division. Coach Cahill also anticipates junior Max Legier and Fairneny to make significant contributions this season. “His improvement from last year is as impressive as any player I’ve coached,” Cahill said of Legier, adding that, “(Fairneny) has a lot of golfing experience and he skills to be a factor this season.” Senior Colby Tawney and juniors Simeon Marklin and Nolan Quinn will add depth to the lineup. The Hawks hope this mix of a wealth of returning talent and strong newcomers will allow them to overthrow the defending champions, undefeated Derryfield and runner-up Newport, teams that Hopkinton was able to be competitive against last year.
Teams to beat: Derryfield, Newport