Stafford High School golf team tees off

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Fri., Apr. 13, 2012
Stafford's Luke Hoss shot a 44 against Suffield on April 9 at Airways CC. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Stafford's Luke Hoss shot a 44 against Suffield on April 9 at Airways CC. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer once said, “The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge.” In his fourth year as Stafford High School’s head golf coach, Gary Shearer’s practice methods mirror those of Palmer, urging each of this year’s team members to look beyond the scorecard, and into what first drew them to the game.

“In addition to qualifying for the tournament, I would like to see us finish with a 500 season in the NCCC,” Shearer said. After a disappointing 3-16 2011 season, the Bulldogs opened against Enfield on April 4 at their home course, Quaboag Country Club, Monson, Mass. With standout performances from Trevor Simpson (46) and Luke Hoss (47), Stafford beat Enfield, 193-195.

When asked what separates this year’s team from seasons past, Shearer credited the depth of the roster. With a team comprised of 11 players, the top five starter positions vary depending on which player puts up the best numbers during the week. Beau Weed (Sr.), Scott Kominski (Sr.), Tucker Carlson (Sr.), Lucas Caricchio (Sr.), Luke Hoss (Jr.), Ryan Gelinas (Jr.), Andrew Lauzier (Jr.), Marc Richard (So.), Trevor Simpson (Fr.) and Shannon Slater (Fr.) make up the 2012 squad.

Shearer is expecting big performances and strong leadership from this year’s co-captains, Weed and Kominski. An expected starter, Weed was sidelined with injury during opening matches, but recently was cleared to rejoin the team. “I feel good,” Weed said, “I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”

Kominski, ranked among Stafford’s top five players for three consecutive seasons, contributed to the team’s lowest score of 2011, a 175. In addition, Shearer singled out Hoss, also a top five starter, as a player to watch this season.

After the April break, the Bulldogs will face formidable competition on the road from Granby Memorial (April 23), Ellington (April 30) and SMSA (May 2) before returning home to face rival Somers (May 4). A full schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.


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