The fall golf season seems to speed bye in the blink of an eye.
PLYMOUTH – The fall golf season seems to speed bye in the blink of an eye. You get the impression that Plymouth North Head Coach Mike McCosh would like to hit the pause button on the group he’s put together this season.
"I really like their makeup and chemistry. I think this is one of the most talented golf teams I’ve ever coached," McCosh said about a 13-member Blue Eagle varsity squad that includes nine seniors. "You can look at golf as an individual sport, but this group is really more like a team. I’ve got to give senior co-captains Tristan O’Hanley and Wyatt Thomsen a lot of credit for creating a great team atmosphere around this group.
"Coming back with the nine seniors I thought that this was a team that could be really good. I’m always looking for more consistency, but we’ve been very good in spurts in our matches."
The team-first attitude of the group seems to be serving the Eagles well. They improved to 8-3 Wednesday afternoon with a 255-276 win over Scituate at the Plymouth Country Club. Senior Mike Prifti was medalist with his round of 40.
North’s three losses on their record were all close matches. They lost to Marshfield by a stroke, Plymouth South by two and fell to the still undefeated Hingham golf team by seven strokes early in the season.
"Hingham was actually one of our better matches as a team this season. They just have a loaded team," McCosh said.
Of the wins they have, a 254-260 victory over Duxbury on Sept. 18 stands out.
"That was the first time we’ve ever beaten Duxbury in the history of the program," McCosh said. "It went all the way down to the final groups and sophomore Wade Bailey came back with a great score that clinched the match for us."
O’Hanley leads the Eagles at the top of the playing order and is averaging a 38 for a nine-hole score. Prifti and Thomsen usually shoot around 40 while Ryan Tassinari is averaging a 42.
"The top four golfers are the key to the team," McCosh said. "If they shoot well, it usually means it’s going to be a good match for us."
Seniors Mike Bagni, Donald Banzi, Chris Kearney and junior Kyle Burke usually fill out the bottom of North’s playing order. Seniors Lauren Bachman and Jacob Benotti, junior Harrison Leydon and sophomores Bailey and Evan Hallissey give the Eagles some depth on the roster.
The Blue Eagles also have 16 players on a JV squad that’s coached by Ann Motyka and Kathy Drane.
Plymouth North has road matches at Rockland and Hingham Tuesday and Wednesday this coming week before coming back to the Plymouth Country Club to take on Silver Lake.
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