Orioles, Vikings look good on the links

  • Conant senior Jarod Hart said this year’s team is the best he’s been on.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Mascenic junior Anthony Andronaco said the team hopes to win the state tournament this year.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Sophomore George Lisio plays during a match on Thursday at the Shattuck Golf Club in Jaffrey.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Mascenic golfer Kolby Lampenin gets ready to tee off on Thursday at the Shattuck Golf Club in Jaffrey.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Conant sophomore Connor Hart practices on Tuesday.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Conant senior Jarod Hart practices his swing on Thursday.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Conant sophomore Preston Kirby practices his putting.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Photos of the Conant and Mascenic golf teams at the Shattuck in Jaffrey. (Nicholas Handy / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, September 21, 2017 10:30AM

Two Monadnock region high school golf teams have their eyes set on the state golf tournament.

Conant and Mascenic’s teams both hope to make it to the state tournament this season, with Mascenic thinking they have a shot to win it all.

“I told my kids last year that we are trying to build towards a championship,” said Mascenic head coach Jeff Hakala, who said he didn’t graduate any players from last season. “Our whole team has improved a lot.”

Hakala specifically pointed out juniors Anthony Andronaco and Jake Goodrich, as well a sophomore George Lisio as some of his top performers on the golf course.

Despite having to face some tough competition this year, Hakala believes his team has a good shot at being in the top three at the season’s end. 

“These guys have improved a lot,” said Hakala. “If we keep working at it, it’s all going to click.” 

Andronaco said Wednesday afternoon that he felt the 6-2 Division IV Mascenic team has been performing “pretty good” on the season, despite loosing a few close matches. 

“The goal for this team is to win states,” said Andronaco. “I think it’s a reasonable goal.”

Andronaco said that practicing  and having The Shattuck Golf Club in Jaffrey as their home course has helped a lot, with the challenge of the course going a long way towards helping the team achieve its goal.

“It’s a huge advantage,” said Andronaco. “You don’t get punished as much for misses at other courses. It just makes everything that much easier.”

Conant golf coach Thomas Borden said Wednesday that much of his focus last year was on his team breaking a score of 200 during a match, something that his team has consistently bested so far this season. 

“This year we are consistently around 180 so we are down about 20 strokes from last year,” said Borden, of his 10-5 Division III team. “We are hoping to hang in there and make states.”

Borden said his team this year is a good mix of younger kids still developing their skills in the sport and veterans players who are able to offer guidance and expertise.

Conant senior Jared Hart said that this season has been the best one he’s been a part of in his third year with the team. 

Hart said the team has a goal this year of making the state tournament, something that hasn’t happened since he joined the team. 

“We seem to be playing a lot better… we’ve picked up some better golfers,” said Hart. “It’s great to have some younger golfers on the team.”

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.