Golf Tees Off

Dani Vignos

Men’s golf finished in the middle of the pack in NCS last year and this year they hope to make it to the front.  However, with the loss of Mario Paoletti ‘09 and Cole Spears ‘09, leading scorers of last year’s team, the season seems unpredictable.

“The team is pretty young this year, but also very strong. I have high hopes,” said team captain Will Lavis ‘11.

The starting lineup continues to rotate, but Lavis, Patrick Fabian ‘13, Jordan Nevares  ‘11 and Erik Thompson ’11 are the leading scorers.

The season has opened up with two scrimmages that tested the waters of the Mats’ talent. “We are just getting back into the swing of things, but our scores were nothing to be ashamed of. With some work I think we can succeed,” said Lavis.

Together, new coach Rick Eisenhour and assistant coach Skip Vulpe, have devised a steady recipe for success.

“Eisenhour pushes us and always expects us to try our best,” said Lavis.

“Dublin and Acalanes should be particularly strong this year. But there is no reason we shouldn’t be tough competitors against them,” said Lavis.

On Thursday, Feb. 25 the Mats competed against Piedmont in their first league match of the season.  The Mats lost by one stroke with a final score of 203 to 202. However, the individual scores promise hope for the future. Lavis was the leading scorer of the match with a solid score of 35, with Fabian close behind with a score of 36. The rest of the scores landed in the 40’s range.