In its first match of the season, Andover Golf beat a highly competitive Tabor team last Sunday at Kittansett Golf Club in Marion, MA.
Co-Captains John Perkins ’13 and Shin-Jae Lee ’13, as well as Evan Kudlinski ’13 coasted to victory in their matches. Casey Durant ’14 had a tough match but pulled through at the end to seal the win.
At the top of the line-up, Tyler Tsay ’15, Kavan Canekeratne ’13 and Ellie Blum ’15 battled against resilient Tabor players but were unable to win their individual matches.
On Wednesday, Andover played a three-leg competition against Governor’s Academy and Exeter. Andover pulled away with an easy 6-1 victory. In the stroke play portion of the match, Andover had a 19 stroke lead over Governor’s and an even larger lead over Exeter.
Tsay posted the lowest score out of all three teams with a final score of 75. Perkins was close behind with a score of 80. Quality scores from all Andover players secured the easy win.
“This week we can continue to work on consistency throughout our line-up,” said Perkins in an e-mail to The Phillipian. “The first matches of the year are great opportunities for us to get better as individuals and as a team, and hopefully we can carry our early season momentum forward.”
He added, “I think the depth of our line-up will be the biggest contributor to our success as a team this year. When players struggle, we are all able to pick one another up and win crucial matches to come out on top as a team.”
Andover, Governor’s and Exeter will not play another three-leg competition until the last week of the season.
With easy victories so far over Tabor, Governor’s and Exeter, Andover is confident in its ability to secure wins in the Witherspoon Bowl and Lovell Cup this season. Andover’s positive start, as well as the reopening of its home course, have helped assure the team of its capabilities and potential.
“We are very glad that our home course has opened for the spring and are looking forward to the remainder of our season at Indian Ridge golf course,” said Blum.
Andover takes on Belmont Hill and Holderness this week on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Belmont Hill has won its only match of the season so far and had an undefeated season last year with 22 wins. Andover hopes that its consistent Seniors and strong new talent will continue to lead the team to victory.