The Tri-County golf team ventured into the state tournament last fall after finishing the year with a 9-3 overall record and was third in the Mayflower League. Unfortunately, the Cougars were not able to do much once they got to the tournament.
With their disappointing showing, the Cougar golfers almost immediately began to practice following their season to improve their game. Thus far, Tri-County has compiled a 9-2 record and has already qualified to return to the state tournament following the regular season.
“With the work that the kids put in during the off-season I believe that we’ll have a good chance this year in the states,” TC golf coach Walter Lourenco said. “The scores the kids have been putting up as of late will make it interesting to see what they can do this year.”
Although it has taken all the golfers playing at a high rate to get the Cougars to where they are today, it has been the ‘Dynamic Duo’ of Drew Zaiter and Jake Ducharme that has provided the 1-2 punch to get things rolling each and every match. Thus far, each golfer is 9-0 on the season.
Zaiter is a senior captain who leads by example and is always looking to get better individually as well as improving the entire team. With Zaiter playing number one, Ducharme, a junior, plays right behind him in the number two spot. Both golfers are consistent athletes according to the coach.
Sophomore Chris Boyd has been improving as the year goes along and has been playing in the number three spot for the Cougars for the most part, while freshman Kyle Hobbs, who has been shooting in the low 40’s is right behind him. With these two making such great strides, things bode well for the future of Tri-County golf.
Connor Harrington and Quinton White, both committed athletes, will switch off and on, while senior Ray Jarvis, who is entering his third year on the team (he took last season off to work on his baseball swing) will usually play in either the five or six spot, depending on how he’s shooting at practice.
The alternates are scoring a lot lower this year and seem to be feeding off how the team is doing as a whole. Other Tri-County golfers on the team are Ray Wilschek, Kevin Khols, Sam Lacasse, Connor Flanigan and Caleb Joyce-Vorce. The Cougars are looking to finish up their season in the Mayflower League and ride into the state tournament in a much better place than they were a year ago.
Tricounty Gold coach Walter Lourenco says this year's team has a good chance in the states this year. The team has worked hard to come back from their loss in the tourney last year.