Andover Defeats Rival to Capture Lovell and Witherspoon Cup

Andover Golf successfully defended the Lovell and Witherspoon Cups with a convincing win over Phillips Exeter Academy and Governor’s at Breakfast Hill Golf Course. Andover defeated Exeter 4-3 and won the overall three-round competition 11-3.

“Not playing in an type of league tournament, our Exeter and Governor’s match is really important to us, so it was great to get such a decisive victory, especially over Exeter,” said Captain Kavan Canekeratne ’14.

Tyler Tsay ’15 led the team with a 74, Alexa Tsay ’17 finished with a 76 and Canekeratne shot an 81.

Tyler Tsay came roaring out of the gate, maintaining a one-under margin through the first 12 holes. By that time, he had built a commanding lead on his opponent and essentially finished him.

With his win, Orlando Figus ’16 improved to 6-1 on the season. Tyler Tsay also notched his sixth win, accumulating a 6-2 record.

Over the course of three matches, Andover won with a combined total of 989. Exeter finished 1,016 and Governor’s with 1,089. The teams ended the final round 398, 408 and 443 respectively.

Alexa Tsay became the first female and Junior to be awarded the Mangan Award. Her three rounds of 77, 37 and 76 over the course of the season won her the trophy, which is given to the medalist of the competition.

Alexa Tsay stole the trophy from her older brother, Tyler Tsay, who won last season.

“I am very proud of the fact that my name will be engraved after all those who have won before me, but ultimately triumphing with my team fulfilled me most,” said Alexa Tsay. “Playing this season has helped me improve with course management and adaptability as a golfer, as I competed in rough weather conditions and had to learn to play without warming up.”

With the win, Andover closed out its season at 10-1, one of the best records in recent memory.

“Despite not having a lot of returners this year, the team was really close. Our chemistry definitely helped us crush Exeter,” said Canekeratne.