By James Greene
Special to GoHolyCross.com
Youth will be served for the 2009-2010 Holy Cross men's golf team. Of the 10 roster spots, only one is occupied by a senior and the team is captained by a trio of juniors. In addition, the team features three freshmen, two of whom will compete in the opening match of the fall season. "We are very enthused about this season," head coach Bob Molt said. "We have three very good freshmen. This is by far the best recruiting class we've had in the last 10 years."
Juniors Tim McGovern, James Widman and Colin Andrade are the team's captains this season. McGovern tied for the team lead with 15 rounds and was second on the squad with 80.9 strokes-per-round. He shot a personal-best 74 in the Dartmouth Invitational and he came in first in the team's win over St. Anselm with an 82. In 14 rounds last season, Widman led the team in average strokes (80.7) and his career-best outing came in the second round of the MacDonald Cup (70). Both he and McGovern were the top Holy Cross performers in four meets, including a tie for 32nd at the Patriot League Championship. In addition, Widman earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades at the end of the season. Andrade's 75 at the Assumption Shootout was the best Crusader showing in the competition (third place overall) and his best of the season. In 11 rounds, he was fifth on the team in average strokes with 82.5 and was also named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. "They all have good leadership skills, a great work ethic and all three are good players," Molt said. "That's why they are captains."
Also returning to the team is junior John Weber, who also another selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll last season. He made an impressive debut at the Lou Flumere Invitational last season when he tied for 16th with a 79. In six rounds of action last season, he averaged 81.8 strokes-per-round, fourth on the team. He shot a career-best 78 in the first round of the Northeast Invitational. Senior Taylor Scott rejoins the squad after a two-year layoff. He, along with junior James Burokas and sophomore Andrew Wong, qualified for the final three roster spots after a tournament just before the beginning of the fall season. Last year, Wong played three rounds and Burokas played four, while Scott saw action in four rounds during his freshman campaign in 2006-2007.
Freshmen Robert Machado, Michael McCarthy and Steve Zychowski bolster the roster and figure to make an immediate impact. Machado captained his high school team and finished in the top 10 of the regional championship during his senior season. McCarthy was the 2008 Connecticut Junior Amateur Champion and was a two-year captain of his high school squad. Zychowski was named athlete of the year by his high school and was a member of two state sectional champions. Though they are young, Molt believes all three can pay quick dividends. "They have loads of tournament experience," he said. "Golf is different than football and other sports. It's easier for a freshman to come right in and contribute immediately. They've been in tournament settings before."
The 2009 fall season begins in West Point, N.Y. when the team participates in the Mulekicker Invitational (Sept. 12-13). After two weekends off from competition, the team will compete in the MacDonald Cup (Oct. 3-4) at Yale in New Haven, Conn. The following week, some members of the team will tee off at the Southern New Hampshire Invitational (Oct. 11-12) in Canterbury, N.H., while others will stay local for the Nichols Invitational (Oct. 11) at the Green Hill Golf Course in Worcester, Mass. A match against St. Anselm in Marshfield, Mass. (Oct. 18) is next, before the fall slate wraps up at the NEIGA Championship (Oct. 19-20) in Brewster, Mass. The spring schedule will be released at a later date.