Golf: Taft ousts Choate & Co.; Avon, Westy prevail and more

Finally, every Founders League team is underway in their respective golf seasons. While some teams began play on April 5th, the remainders began the season this past Wednesday and even some on Saturday. Teams saw success in their opening matches and are either undefeated or have a winning record.

Here is how it all played out:

Saturday 4/12

Taft 379
Choate 443
NMH 453

Choate and Taft battled each other Saturday, in a Founders League 18-hole matchup with NMH in attendance as well. The Rhinos completely took this one, coasting by with several strokes to spare and handing Choate its first loss of the season to remain undefeated.

Taft posted a new five-score medal record at Watertown Country Club with scores of 72, 75, 76, 77, and 79 by Jack Porcelli ’14, Matt Schimenti ’14, JP Raftery ’15, Julien Papadopoulo ’14, and Owen McGowan ’15, respectively. Meanwhile, Choate’s lowest score came in as an 84 from senior Blake Lasky, 5 strokes behind Taft’s worst counted score. An impressive outing for an impressive Taft team.

Brunswick 184
Hotchkiss 187
Millbrook 207
Trinity-Pawling 212
Canterbury 219
Salisbury 230

Hotchkiss welcomed 5 teams to their course for their home opener. The Bearcats scored extremely well, yet were one-upped by Brunswick by a mere 3 strokes. TP also played fairly well and placed 4th. Despite their lower finish, Chris Drysdale ’15 of TP shot the second lowest round of the day, a 34 good for one under par.

Hotchkiss is back in action on Friday, 4/18, against Kent and then Saturday at Choate with Hopkins there as well. The Pride face Hopkins on Wednesday, 4/16, at Yale and Berkshire on Saturday. The venue for that match is yet to be determined.

Westminster 198
Berkshire 226

Kent and Westy battled it out in their first league matchup of the year. Westy did not have much of a problem disposing of the Lions, besting them by 19 strokes. This was helped in large part by two sub-40 scores — a 37 from Addison Cilmi ’16 and a 38 from Philippe Morin ’15.

Kent will seek revenge against the Marlets as well as wins over other Founders League rivals this Wednesday, 4/16, when KO hosts Kent, Westy, and Loomis in what is sure to be a great Founders League match.

Avon 196
Loomis 208
Williston 235

The Winged Beavers travelled to Massachusetts Saturday and came away with two victories. It was another a 12-shot victory for Avon, their second of the week. James Levere ’14 led Avon in this match with a solid 38, Avon’s only sub-10 score. Jason Liu ’17 took the top score, however, with an even par 36.

Avon looks to keep up the winning this week with their home opener versus Canterbury and KO this Saturday, 4/19.

Choate 263 Berlin High 280

Choate next traveled to Berlin to face off against the high school. They played an expanded match with 8 varsity players per team. Choate again came out with a victory helped by matching 41’s from Andrew Moeckel and Billy Remsen.

Choate’s next match is this Saturday hosting Hopkins and Hotchkiss.

Wednesday 4/9

Loomis 199
KO 202
Gunnery 210

In a close match, Loomis was able to squeak by KO by 3 strokes. It was a tough day to hit the course with winds between 30-40 mph. Matt Bullock ’15 led the way for the Pelicans with a 36 while the Wyverns saw Pat Hallisey ’14 score a 37. It is also nice t0 see both Founders teams beat out-of-conference Gunnery in the match.

KO has their home opener on Wednesday, 4/16, as they host three other Founders League squads which mentioned above.

Avon 197
Deerfield 209
NMH 247

Avon rebounded well after an early season loss to Choate. On Wednesday, they traveled to Western Massachusetts to battle defending New England Champion Deerfield and NMH. Avon wanted this one badly after finishing second to Deerfield at New Englands. AOF made the most of a tough day for the Big Green. They avenged their loss with a 12 stroke victory on a windy day. Boston College commit Patrick Albanesi ’14 led Avon, shooting 1 over 36.

Choate 223 Pomfret 225

Choate began a busy week hosting Pomfret last Wednesday. It was not an easy day with wind gusts reaching 35 mph. The Wild Boars were able to push their way through to a narrow 2-shot victory.

Kent 213
Canterbury 236
Millbrook 238
Chase 284

Kent kicked off their season with 3 solid wins at their home course. Strong winds became difficult for the players and the more conservative golfers found success at this match. Kent easily took the match by 23 strokes over the Saints who finished second.

Taft 199
Hopkins 211
Salisbury 247

Taft opened their season by traveling to Hopkins. On a windy day, Taft was able to blow by the competition with a 12 stroke victory over the home team. Salisbury lagged far behind. JP Raftery ’15 led Taft scoring with a 38 followed closely by Owen McGowan ’15 who carded a 39.

Taft has two far away matches against Brunswick and Deerfield this Wednesday, 4/16, and Saturday, 4/19, respectively. The Rhinos look to remain undefeated against two powerful squads, a good test to see if they can compete with New England’s elite.

Westminster 201
Wilbraham and Monson 216
Suffield 228

Westy played very well under the windy conditions in this match this past Wednesday. Two players for the Marlets shot under 40: Addison Cilmi ’16 with a 35 for one-under par and George Doolan ’15 with a 39.

An interesting trend for Westminster, they have decreased their scores in each match so far by three strokes, starting with 204 and ending with 198 against Kent and Berkshire.

Westy looks to keep their perfect season in tact as they travel to KO in the huge Founder’s League match mentioned above on Wednesday, 4/16. Next, they will rematch with both Suffield and Wilbraham as well as Salisbury, in Salisbury, on Friday, 4/18.