Suffield boys’ golf team has big goals for the season
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Thu., May. 10, 2012
Ten-year Suffield High School boys’ golf coach Kyle McCullough began the spring season with hopes of upholding the team tradition, and placing well in the Chappa Tournament in Westport, Conn. At the season’s midpoint, the Wildcats, currently at 5-4, are well on their way.
Returning from a strong 12-3 2011 season, McCullough, along with assistant coaches Patrick Lynham and Matt Stauffer, are grooming the skills of 10 young men into tournament-caliber golfers. “We are stronger as a team this year,” McCullough said. “Last year we relied on Connecticut Player of the Year Andy Mai and All-State player Dan Banks. We are a more balanced team this year, but obviously miss the contributions of Andy and Dan.”
The team captains - senior Will Morris and junior Connor Beaulieu - are making sizeable contributions to the Wildcats. “Connor has a textbook swing and has worked very hard in the off season,” the coach said. “He loves the game and enjoys the process of getting better.” Beaulieu currently has the lowest match average and is Suffield’s number one player.
“Will is a four-year letterman who has contributed each of his previous three years,” Morris continued. “He is a consistent player who will be a guiding beacon for the younger players, and generally, one of the more fashionable players in the league.” The number two player and team leader, according to McCullough, Morris is a two-time medalist this year with scores of 39 and 40.
“The team is more balanced this year,” McCullough said. “We have had four different players medal in matches. Sean Sullivan, a first-year player, was medalist in his second match with a 42, and two other golfers, senior Nate Fall and junior Parker Latanzio, have been medalists this year and important parts of the team,” he said.
McCullough commented on the remainder of the 2012. “We have lost a couple close matches and are confident that we will have a stronger second half of the season,” he said.