Golf season comes to a close for Bacon Academy boys
By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Tue., May. 31, 2011
For the Bacon Academy boys’ golf team, the 2011 season has been “pretty average,” according to coach Kevin Burke.
“We were very competitive in the ECC Medium, but we struggled against out-of-conference teams,” he said as his team went through a final practice session before the conference tournament. The Bobcats finished at .500 in the conference, but failed to win any out-of-conference matches.
In part, it’s a matter of “sheer numbers,” said Burke. “We only have eight kids total,” he said, while in years past he has had to make cuts because there were too many students trying out for the team. He credits the operators of the team’s home course at Chanticlair with helping to keep kids interested in golf with their junior league.
“There are more and more young kids playing golf,” taking it as a personal challenge, said Burke.
“You don’t need an opponent; you’re competing against the golf course,” he said.
As Burke is the school’s only boys’ golf coach, there is no junior varsity team. Fortunately for Burke and the team, he will lose only two seniors this year, a pattern that has been fairly consistent for the last few years.
“Every year, it seems like we only lose a couple of seniors, which is okay. It’s good that we’re not filled with a bunch of seniors and the next year we have to start all over again,” he said. It also helps to have some experienced players returning each year.
“The older kids try to help the younger kids improve their games,” said Burke.
Heading into the tournament finale, in which the Bobcats were defeated by Griswold, Burke said that he thinks his team will be as competitive next year as this year, adding, “I hope the kids go out and have some fun, and maybe someone will do something special.”
Bacon Academy Boys’ Golf coach Kevin Burke is in his fifth year with the team.
“I’ve got a great bunch of kids,” he said. “They come out here and they do their best, and they work hard. It didn’t come out as well as I thought it would in the win and loss columns, but I can’t complain.”
Spotlight Players: Seniors: Ryan Fogarty and David Gunas
Ryan Fogarty: Fogarty said that he started the season in a bit of a slump, “but it came together after a couple of matches and a couple of practices.” Golfing since middle school, Fogarty moved up to the number-two spot this year and was one of the players, along with David Gunas, on which Burke said he counted to provide leadership for the rest of the team.
David Gunas: In the number-one spot for the last two years, Gunas said that he too started to play better as the season progressed. Along with Ryan Fogarty, Gunas was described by Burke as “a great kid and a great student.” He also played soccer this year. “They [Fogarty and Gunas] represent Bacon Academy very well in anything that they do,” said Burke.