MHS boys' golf team ready to swing

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Apr. 7, 2011
Junior Turner Meek takes a swing at the first dual match of the season. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Junior Turner Meek takes a swing at the first dual match of the season. Photos by Martha Marteney.

The Manchester High Schoolboys’ golf team started its season on April 6 with a dual match against South Windsor High School at the Manchester Country Club.

Speaking about last year, golf coach Ben Wry said, “We won the matches we should have, but didn’t pull out as many close ones as we’d hoped.” Although the team did not make it to the state tournament, one player did qualify individually.  The team lost that golfer, plus three others, to graduation last year.

“We have a lot of young guys,” said Wry about this year’s nine-member team. One returning player, junior Turner Meek, brings much varsity experience. “He’s changed the program,” Wry said about Meek. Mike Pawelec is the only senior on the team.

The matches are played by five golfers, but only the best four scores are counted.  This year’s line-up includes Meek, Pawelec, junior Eric Cross, freshman Cameron Atzbach and sophomore Ryan Graves.

This season, Wry has spent a lot of time in the classroom teaching the new team members about the rules of the game and golf etiquette. With uncooperative weather, he has had to be creative for practice, and has held competitions in the school library, as well as playing Wii golf. “Anything positive helps, and it [the Wii game] really helps the team chemistry and relationships,” he said.

Meek is the team’s captain. He started golfing three years ago, but got serious his freshman year. “I’ve been addicted ever since,” said Meek. He enjoys the competitiveness of the game and his own ability to improve. With so many young team members, many of whom are new to the game of golf entirely, Meek said this year will be a rebuilding season.

Last year was difficult for team, explained Pawelec, because they played a lot of tough teams. He started golfing four years ago, but only joined the team last year. Pawelek looks forward to practicing and playing with the younger team members during this rebuilding year. Although all the team members enjoy playing Wii golf, he noted that it is very different from the real thing, and can develop some bad habits over time.

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