With an even par round of 36, second seed Co-Captain Pranav Tadikonda ’16 led Andover Golf’s dominant 8.5-0.5 win over Holderness on Wednesday. Combined with its 7.5-4.5 victory over Belmont Hill last Thursday, Andover now boasts a 4-1 record.
Tadikonda played with consistency and maintained control throughout his entire match, notching seven pars, a birdie, and a bogey. He said, “I consistently hit greens and got up and down when my irons were a little off.”
The entire team succeeded with five individual wins, including ones from Post Graduates Chelsea Liu ’16 and Billy Stahley ’16. Howard Johnson ’17 pulled out a victory in his first career varsity match. The team worked together well, winning all three of its best ball matches.
“Today was a really good team win, with everyone playing well all the way down the ladder. We hadn’t played a match in a while, so it was good to see everyone prepared to play well,” said Tadikonda.
On Thursday, Andover secured a victory by a margin of three points after having tied Belmont Hill last year. First seed Alexa Tsay ’17 shot even par and led the team with a 2 and 1 victory. The win also included individual victories from Hahn, Liu, and Stahley. The team won 2.5 points out of a possible four in the best ball matches.
Tsay said, “Belmont Hill was my best match so far in terms of how I was playing. From a team perspective, last year we tied Belmont Hill, so I was really happy that we beat them this year by a sizable margin. We have a lot of talent this year and that really showed at Belmont Hill, which has been in the past one of our strongest competitors.”
John Witt ’18 sank three birdies in the nine-hole match, but was unable to pull out the victory in the end.
“I made three birdies but played poorly on the other holes. My opponent was more consistent and was able stay in the match despite my strong holes. He beat me in the end 3 and 1,” he said.
Andover will travel to Proctor Academy next Wednesday in the hopes of continuing its strong start.
Editor’s Note: Alexa Tsay is the Executive Editor and Howard Johnson is a Sports Editor for The Phillipian.