SWHS boys' golf team swings into the new season

By Felicia Whatley - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Mar. 29, 2012
South Windsor High School golf players and their coach get ready to tee off. Photos by Felicia Whatley.
South Windsor High School golf players and their coach get ready to tee off. Photos by Felicia Whatley.

South Windsor High School's golf team enjoys practicing at Topstone Golf Course and is gearing up for a competitive season.

“I really enjoy working and teaching golf. This is a great job. This is the best job out there, because golf is my passion,” said coach L.B. Gray, who also teaches special education and is part of the academic support program at SWHS. “We get to play at Topstone, which is extremely generous for them to let us use their course to play on every day.”

Topstone will not only be where the boys' golf team practices, but it will be the location of their home games. The course is fully-equipped with a pro shop and restaurant clubhouse.

The team’s challenge this year is to develop depth, the coach said. Golf may be a team sport, but how each member does individually is important, the coach explained, as scoring is based on the top four scorers. As the team rebuilds this year, and adds some new members, it is important to capitalize on the seniors' strength.

“We need four players to shoot well consistently and do well on unfamiliar courses. We are looking for a great season as we compete in the CC North Division,” said Gray. This will be his fifth year coaching golf for South Windsor.

There are some golfers to look out for this season: Clark Joseph Robinson, Bobby Hunt, Andrew Hancock, Casey Shoot and Ben Williams. Robinson, a senior, was the All-State two-time winner. He had the lowest average to the course ranking. Last year, he won the 2011 Quarter Finals Connecticut Junior Amateur competition.

“This year I am looking forward to winning state and going to the New England finals. I have been playing golf since I was 5 years old in Florida. Next year, I plan to do a post AP program in Florida and try to set up for a scholarship for college,” said Robinson.

Hunt is co-captain with Robinson. Their leadership is praised by their coach and teammates.

“This is a nice escape from all the other activities at school. I am pretty busy with six AP courses, as well as being in the Robotics Club,” said Hunt. “I am a National Honors Society student. In golf, I was ranked second in my class after junior year. I am looking forward to being part of a competitive team and winning. I will be attending MIT in the fall.”

Gray added, “We are all looking forward to a good season, great weather and good competition from other schools.”

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