In Melrose, no soccer means likelihood to sort out totally different sport
Melrose coach Rick McDermod heard about Fennell from the employees at Mount Hood Municipal Golf Course, the place Fennell works through the summer season, and hoped to influence him to play golf. However McDermod didn’t even have to make a recruiting pitch.
“I reached out to him someday up on the golf course and he advised me, ‘Coach, I’ve already signed up,’ ” McDermod mentioned. “And I used to be like, ‘Whoa, that’s good.’ ”
Fennell isn’t the one newcomer, as senior Charlie Haggerty additionally made the transition from soccer to golf. Haggerty, who can be a member of the Melrose hockey workforce, at all times had golf at the back of his thoughts.
“I grew up down the road from Mount Hood,” Haggerty mentioned. “Would at all times go up there and play rising up. So as soon as soccer acquired canceled, it was good to get to check out.”
Haggerty is profiting from the chance as he shot a career-low, 2-under-par 34 Tuesday within the Purple Raiders’ win over Stoneham.
“I play higher when there’s extra strain on me,” he mentioned. “I’m extra centered. I assume I simply discovered my swing on the proper time.”
Enjoying ‘an escape’
Lincoln-Sudbury (Division 1) and Winchester (Division 3) is not going to get the prospect to defend their state titles this fall, however gamers and coaches from each groups are grateful for the chance to compete.
“A minimum of we’re capable of have a daily season, as a result of some groups don’t get to in any respect,” Winchester senior Owen Egan mentioned. “Golf has actually been an escape. When [golf courses] opened up, that was nearly the one factor I used to be capable of do outdoors my home. So that you simply put the cellphone away for some time and play with your mates.”
The 2 state champs will nonetheless get to compete on a giant stage, as they had been invited to the NHSGA Excessive College Golf Nationwide Invitational in Pinehurst, N.C. The occasion was initially scheduled for June, however all of the groups who acquired invites to the 2020 occasion will likely be invited again.
The North Studying and Pentucket boys’ groups matched up final week, however the most effective gamers on the course had been each women.
Pentucket junior Ava Spencer and North Studying freshman Isabel Brozena tied for medalist honors within the Hornets’ 142-106 win at Hillview Golf Course. The gamers, who had been paired collectively, every made par on the ninth gap to complete at 1-over 37.
Brozena, the primary woman on the North Studying roster in 10 years, additionally had 35 factors and completed as medalist in a win over Lynnfield on Oct. 1.
Spencer and Brozena aren’t the one standout women competing this fall. Winchester senior Christine Mandile carded a 1-over 37 at Winchester Nation Membership and completed because the medalist within the Sachems’ win over Studying Wednesday. Mandile is dedicated to play golf on the College of Richmond.
Prep’s sturdy begin
St. John’s Prep, one of many state’s most persistently profitable applications for greater than a decade, is trying to end unbeaten for the third time in 13 seasons. Sophomore Aidan LeBlanc leads the cost for the 5-0 Eagles. LeBlanc completed at 1 underneath after taking part in simply 5 holes within the Prep’s rain-shortened win over St. John’s Shrewsbury on Wednesday. It was his third consecutive under-par rating and he has damaged 40 in all 5 matches this season. He has a team-low scoring common of 36.32 . . . Plymouth South’s Nolan Skaggs has picked up proper the place he left off. The senior captain has completed because the medalist in each match this season, together with a 1-over 37 at Atlantic Nation Membership within the Panthers’ loss to Scituate Thursday.
Gamers to look at
▪ Weston Jones, Lincoln-Sudbury — The defending Division 1 state champion will play at Rutgers subsequent fall.
▪ Trevor Lopez, Winchester — The defending Division 2 state champion will play at UConn.
▪ Joey Lenane, Xaverian — Completed T5 within the Division 1 state championship final season as a sophomore and gained the US Problem Cup Gately Cup at Connecticut Nationwide in August.
▪ Liam Gill, Wayland — The senior simply introduced his dedication to play at Seattle College.
▪ Jacob Finard, Weston — The senior completed T4 on the Division 4 state championship final yr and has dedicated to play at Georgetown.
▪ Eric Boulger, Xaverian — Completed within the high 10 on the Division 1 state championship final yr and can be part of older brother Jack on the golf workforce at UConn subsequent fall.
▪ Colby Sanville, Wellesley — He was a Bay State Convention All-Star final yr and is dedicated to play at Trinity Faculty subsequent fall.
▪ Aidan Emmerich, St. Mary’s — Final yr’s Catholic Central League co-MVP as a sophomore shot 72 to qualify for the Mass. Beginner in June.
▪ Josh Lavallee, Central Catholic. The 2-time defending Division 2 North champion misplaced simply 5 matches as a junior.
▪ Will Campbell, Nauset. Shot 73 to qualify for the Mass. Beginner in June and was a Cape & Islands All-Star final season.