Windsor High School golf team tees it up

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Tue., Apr. 5, 2011
Chris O’Shea practices his swing, in anticipation of WHS’s golf team season opener. Photos by Kathy Elliott.
Chris O’Shea practices his swing, in anticipation of WHS’s golf team season opener. Photos by Kathy Elliott.

Driving ranges everywhere are filling up with golfers eager to get the season underway; and the WHS Warriors are right there with them.
In his third season as head coach, Gregg Hannan and his team of 12 young men began practice the second week of March. With snow still on the ground, the Warriors started strength and conditioning training indoors.
Looking forward to the first match, Hannan and the team meet weekly to discuss ways to improve on last season’s performance. “We finished last year at 12-5 and made it to the tournament both as a team, and a few individuals. We’re looking to improve on that this year.” Hannan said.
Graduating six seniors in 2010, the Warriors are a young squad. “I think our real strength is our driving,” Hannan said. “We have some kids who can really hit the ball well.”
On April 12, the Warriors will open up against South Windsor at home, Traditions Golf Course.  In a bracket full of strong teams, Hannan cited two rivals. “I would have to say our two biggest rival teams are Glastonbury and East Catholic. They both give us good competition.”
Immediately following the opener against South Windsor, the team will face Newington on April 13 (A) and Manchester on April 14 (H).

Spotlight Players:

Jacob Dowgewicz
Senior Captain

Selected as team co-captain, Dowgewicz prefers the short game and has a personal best longest drive of 280 yards. “I love the variety of courses we get to play on with the team, and the opportunities that come with it,” he said.
Planning on attending Assumption College with a major in business, Dowgewicz also competed in swimming for WHS.

Chris O’Shea
Senior Captain

With a longest drive of 285 yards, O’Shea looks forward to his fourth year with the team. Co-captain and a strong player in both the short game and drives, he plans on taking a year off after graduation to determine his career path.
“The team, and golf overall is very low demanding; we have a good time together,” he said.

Coaches Corner:

Windsor High School Golf Coach
Gregg Hannan
Third Season as head coach

The season ahead:

Hannan sees the short game as an area of improvement. “We always need work on our putting, but I think the kids have the patience to do much better this year. I also would very much like to encourage anyone interested in coming out for the team to give it a shot. It’s a good group, we have a lot of fun together,” he said.

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