TYLER SPRINCE tees off on the fifth hole at North Conway Country Club last week. (Photo by Joshua Spaulding) (click for larger version)
October 07, 2021NORTH CONWAY — It was a bit of a roller coaster week for the Kingswood golf team, with a very strong performance at Cocheco Country Club and then a not-so-strong match in North Conway.
"Tuesday, I felt like we played our best match of the year," said coach Jeremy Fuller. "There were a ton of birdies and we controlled our golf ball tee to green.
"I was really looking forward to coming up to North Conway to play St. Thomas (again)," the Knight coach continued. "We had played the course earlier in the year and I figure it set us up for a pretty good advantage over St. Thomas.
"Regretfully, it didn't turn out that way," Fuller noted. "St. Thomas was a completely different team and so were we."
Fuller said that he wasn't sure if it was the weather or something else, but the ball striking and putting were not as sharp as earlier in the week and St. Thomas had improved tremendously from earlier in the week.
The Knights finished the day Thursday with a 213, which placed them second behind St. Thomas (202) and ahead of host Kennett (231).
Henry Saunders had the best score of the day for the Knights with a 41 from the top spot, including his final hole of the day, hole four, which he birdied.
Tyler Sprince finished with a 42 from the third spot in the lineup and Michael Palmer in the second spot and Will Danais in the fourth spot both finished with 43s to place as the third and fourth scorers.
Will Crane rounded out the scoring for the Knights with a score of 44 from the sixth spot.
Brady Clarke in the fifth spot and Christos Zavas in the seventh spot both had 45s and Quin Dickey rounded out the field of Knights with a 47 from the eighth spot. Zavas had a birdie on hole five.
"Even with the 1-1 record today, it was a wonderful afternoon on the golf course," Fuller said. "Ed (Bradley, Kennett coach) and North Conway were great hosts."
The same three teams, joined by powerhouse Oyster River, teed off at Cocheco earlier in the week and the Knights finished in second place with a 197 behind Oyster River's impressive 178. St. Thomas had a 213 and Kennett had a 235.
Saunders and Palmer led Kingswood, both with 37s from the top two spots in the lineup.
The next three scores were all 41s, with Sprince in the third spot, Danais in the fourth spot and Clarke in the fifth spot rounding out the scoring for the Knights.
Max Roark finished with a 45 from the seventh spot, Crane had a 46 from the sixth spot and Dickey had a 50 from the eighth spot in the lineup.
The Knights wrapped up the regular season after deadline Tuesday at home. They will be competing in the Division II State Meet on Thursday, Oct. 14, at Rochester Country Club.
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