Andover Golf Starts Season With Huge Win

Captain Evan Harmeling ’07 began the day Wednesday with two quick birdies and had a spectacular match to capture a decisive victory over Proctor’s number one. Harmeling’s incredible play pushed the squad to their third team victory of the season, defeating Proctor 8.5 to .5. Andover also played Holderness and New Hampton last week, who it easily defeated 9-0 and 7-2, respectively. After several cancellations due to rain, the Andover Golf team took on Holderness two weeks ago and claimed a crucial shutout victory. Nicholas Koh ’08 continued to lead the team with consistent play as he hit almost every fairway and green on the course. The bottom of the ladder also proved extremely competitive, as Mike Sullivan ’08, Jeff Abboud ’08 and Wutae Lee ’10 each had impressive performances and won their matches. While Andover overpowered Holderness, they knew they would need to play even better in their next match against New Hampton the following week. Once again led by the dominating play of Harmeling and Koh, Andover pulled out another victory over New Hampton last Tuesday, with a final score of 7-2. The only two losses of the day came from Tanner McNeill ’08 and Kristen Macdonald ’07, who barely lost their “best ball” doubles match by a slight deficit. The two had trouble getting putts to sink, and could simply not get into a good rhythm. The lower ladder pairs once again turned out to be the deciding matches, and ultimately secured an impressive victory over a tough New Hampton team. Playing for the second time in a few days, Andover won its third match in row last Wednesday against Proctor by a final score of 8.5 to .5. Captain Harmeling got the squad off to a great start with a couple of early birdies, and after taking the lead he never looked back. Koh also had a solid performance, and took the lead over his opponent with two birdies on the final two holes. McNeill had a rough day, and ended up losing his match despite gritty play. But it was the bottom of the ladder that again secured the team win for Andover, which has been crucial to the team’s overall success thus far. Koh was pleased with the team’s performance this past week: “There were several close matches throughout the week that we could have easily lost, but our players showed their toughness and resilience, and proved they could play under pressure. We are also really coming together as a team, and I have high hopes for us in the future.” Next week Andover will have its work cut out for it as it takes on Dana Hall at home, and then plays in the Andover Newport Invitational Tournament.