Parish Hill golf an up-and-coming program
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Chaplin - posted Thu., May. 17, 2012
The Parish Hill Middle/High School golf team is having a stand-out year – especially considering that they ended the 2010-11 season with a 1-15 record. Going into a match on May 10, the team was first in its league. They lost that match, to Putnam, by only two strokes, which knocked them down into second in the league. But going from one win last year to 11 thus far in 2012, “is a pretty good step for us,” said head coach Brad Caron. “We’re pretty proud of that.”
The turnaround is due to large growth in the team’s size - from two players in 2010-11 to 12 this year. The increased interest is due at least in part to incoming freshman Nick Harrington, who has experience in junior PGA tournaments. “A lot of the kids wanted to play alongside him,” said Caron. Out of the 12 members of the team, “Eight of them had never played the game before,” said Caron.
Harrington has won 13 of the 14 events he has played in this season. “We’re hoping he’ll qualify for the state championship competition,” said Caron. “He will qualify for the conference championship.” Senior varsity team member Andrew Danielson will also qualify to play for the division championship for the fourth year in a row.
Because only two of the team members are seniors, the outlook for next year is rosy. “Replacing Andrew will be tough,” said Caron, “but we’ve got a couple of good eighth-grade players who have shown some interest. We’re very hopeful to challenge next year for the conference title.” But considering how far they’ve come in only one year, “We’re real happy to be where we are,” said Caron.
Seniors on the Parish Hill Middle/High School golf team are Andrew Danielson (varsity) and Joey Lacasse (JV). Tim Prouty, a teacher at the school, volunteers his time as assistant coach.