Young Returners Plan To Tee Off on Top

With especially strong returners combined with new talent, Andover Golf looks to dominate its competition this spring.

“I think we have a lot of talent this year,” said Kavan Canekeratne ’14, the team’s new number one. “We lost Ben Ho [’11], our Captain and number one golfer, but we’ve got a lot of returning and incoming talent.”

During his freshman year, Canekeratne played as the team’s number two golfer. With Ho’s departure, Canekeratne becomes the number one and will be a key golfer for the team to succeed this season.

“Kavan [Canekeratne] is an absolutely phenomenal golfer,” said Captain Charlie Pecora ’12. “He crushes the ball down the center of the fairway nearly every drive. His mid-range game is extraordinary; he regularly puts the ball within feet of the hole from 150 yards and in. And I can’t remember the last time that I saw him two-putt.”

Canekeratne said, “I’ll have to become a much bigger contributor this year than I was last year. A lot of teams’ number one golfer is significantly better than their number two. It will be a big responsibility, but I’m up for the challenge.”

Pecora will replacing Ho as Captain. One of the team’s two Seniors, Pecora has made steady improvements to his game throughout his career, and now is ready to lead the team to another successful season.

“I think that it’ll be a great year since we have a lot of depth and good players, and I really hope that our record will reflect that,” said Pecora.

John Perkins ’13 said, “Charlie [Pecora] will be a great captain because he has shown that he can be a leader vocally and through example. He’s not afraid to tell you if you are doing something wrong. Also, if you are having some trouble with your swing mechanics, Charlie always does a great job of demonstrating a proper swing.”

Coach Brian Faulk stated, “We expect that the top returning players together with the newcomers will again make us very competitive.”

“All in all, I think it’ll be a really fun and successful season,” said Canekeratne.

The team kicks off its season with a match at Tabor on April 7.