Monty Tech boys’ golf coach Gary Farr is also a math instructor at the school and that’s important, considering what happened earlier this month when his Bulldogs met Nashoba Tech.
Within an hour, while they were playing in different foursomes, Monty Tech senior Damon Gunsalus and sophomore Alex Diaz each carded a hole-in-one at Chelmsford Country Club.
OK, coach, what are the odds?
“If my math is correct, the chances of getting two holes-in-one like that is one out of 400 million,” Farr said, adding, “it was absolutely insanity.”
The amazing shot making began when Gunsalus stepped to the third tee and pulled his pitching wedge from his bag.
“I had about 133 yards and I just hit the ball and it dropped on the green and then skipped right into the hole,” said Gunsalus, who lives in Westminster. “I didn’t really believe it until I walked up to the cup and saw it sitting there.”
Gunsalus, who was playing in the No. 5 spot, shot a 44, and he has saved — as memorable souvenirs — the scorecard with the “1” etched on it and also the ball — a Titleist Pro V1x.
Diaz, from Barre, made his hole-in-one on the par-3, 200-yard ninth hole.
“After I heard about Damon’s hole-in-one, I was thinking I’ve got to top that somehow,” said Diaz, who played in the No. 4 slot. “Coming up to the ninth hole, I really wanted to get it as close to the hole as possible, so I just swung away.”
Diaz used a 3-wood.
“The wind took my ball a little to the right and it hit a tree about 15 yards from the green, bounced off the tree and headed back toward the pin. I couldn’t see where it landed, but I figured it was on the green. When we got to the green, my teammate, Shea Fairbanks, walked to the pin and saw my Titleist Pro V1 in the cup. I couldn’t believe it.”
Senior Isabelle Premkumar has continued her fine play in the No. 3 spot for the Groton-Dunsstable boys’ team. Her 1-over 37 last week led the Crusaders to a win over Marlboro at Marlboro CC.
“I got my scores down to around a 76 average this summer and won a couple of New England PGA junior tournaments,” said Premkumar, who hopes to play golf in college next year and is interested in Wagner, Florida Tech and the University of South Florida, among other schools.
Last June, Premkumar finished second in the New England High School Girls Championship at Bretwood CC in Keene, New Hampshire. After tying for first with a 1-under-71, Premkumar battled Lauren Thibodeau of Hampstead, New Hampshire, before losing on the third extra hole.
“Lauren is having a great for us,” said Groton-Dunstable coach Dave Bean, who also noted the strong play of his No. 1 golfer James Wilson and No. 2 Jared LeClerc, both juniors.
Playing together, Wilson and LeClerc won the annual Groton Country Club Four-Ball in August. Earlier in the season, Wilson captured the Groton CC club championship.
Robichaud’s 20th season
Coach Daryl Robichaud is in the midst of his 20th season at Leominster, which picked up its second win of the season last week against Oakmont.
That Blue Devils’ win was also the 185th for Robichaud, who began coaching in the fall of 1998.
“It’s been a great experience for me, coaching over the years, getting to know the kids during the season,” said Robichaud, a former Leominster High golfer, who was also a Parade Magazine All-Star in football. “I think back on my first year and remember great guys like Tim Comeau, who served two tours of duty in Iraq and is now a Leominster firefighter.”
Leading the Blue Devils in scoring so far is senior Zach Duffy, who fired a 2-under 33 at Gardner Muncipal in a win over Fitchburg. Duffy, who is averaging well below 40 for nine holes, credits much of his improvement to practicing on his off days at Oak Hill CC in Fitchburg where he works in the bag room.
“In the past I would let the bad holes bother me, but now I just focus on the next shot and the next hole,” he said.
Before matches, Duffy, who was born in 2000 and began playing golf when he was 8 years old, listens to decades-old heavy metal music, especially Black Sabbath.
“It gets me hyped up and ready to go,” said Duffy, who also sports a mullet haircut, short in the front, but long in the back. “It’s all natural,” said Duffy with a laugh. “I call it the ‘Magic Mullet.’ ”
Other valuable golfers on the Blue Devils include senior co-captains James Powers and Noah Woodward, who carded an even-par 35 in the win over Fitchburg. Rounding out the lineup are senior Ross Howlett, junior Jacob Valiton and impressive sophomore Rich DeCarolis, who fired a pair of 37s in the first two matches of the season.
Because of a lack of players, both Gardner and Narragansett would not have enough golfers to field a team this year. Rather than have that happen, the schools have combined their teams and now play as a co-op squad.
“We definitely did not want to drop our program. We have four golfers from Narragansett and three from Gardner,” said first-year coach Maureen Horn, who teaches health and fitness at Gardner High. “For our team shirts we combined the black from Gardner and the blue from Narragansett and came up with a silver color to please everyone.”
Playing in the No. 1 spot for the team is long-hitting Ben Raymond, a senior from Narragansett, who recently won medalist honors with a 37 in a match against Tyngsboro.
Unbeaten so far:
Heading into the final week of September the following golf teams have yet to be defeated: Bay Path (6-0), Algonquin (4-0-1), Bromfield (5-0), Northbridge (6-0) and West Boylston (4-0-1).
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