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Moore, Drouin likely to lead Red Raiders

by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

Sophomore Brandon Pearl was one of two Red Raiders to play in the state championship tournament a year ago. File Photo. (click for larger version)
August 27, 2012
BELMONT It's a balanced lineup for the Belmont High School golf team this fall, as the Red Raiders have at least one player from each grade on its six-person team.

"I think we'll be more competitive this year than last year," explained BHS coach Kevin Charleston, who enters his 10th year with the program. "We're a little more experienced this year and we added in some good younger players."

Senior Brielle Moore is a strong returning player to the BHS lineup, and she'll bring plenty of experience to the top of the Raider lineup. Moore played in the girls' state tournament a year ago.

Freshman Caleb Drouin will slide into the top part of the Raider lineup as well, and Charleston has high hopes for the rookie.

"Caleb is a big addition," the coach said. "Both Caleb and Brielle come from golf families. They spend a lot of time with the sport, they play all summer, they've got memberships."

Sophomore Brandon Pearl is likely to fill the number three slot for Belmont, and he was one of two Raiders to compete in the state tournament a year ago, along with graduated senior Eli Beaule.

"Our top three are pretty solid. Those kids can shoot in the 40s in a tournament pretty easily," explained Charleston. "Then we've got a couple other guys that could chip in and fill that last scoring spot."

Senior Adam Horan and freshman Mike Sanborn will both make a case for the fourth slot, while junior Logan Malone rounds out the six-player roster. With such a small team and four scores counting towards the total, margin for error isn't very big for the Raiders.

"There's not a lot of room for error when you're playing six but we're comfortable with the six we have," said Charleston. "This year I definitely think we have a shot of qualifying (for the state tournament). One good player can really bring down our scores a lot and we've got a few kids that are capable of posting that low score. Our division, I don't think it's as strong as it was last year. Mix that in with I think we're a better team this year and I think we've got a shot."

Belmont, which will once again play its home matches at Canterbury Woods Country Club, opens its Division III slate in Sept. 4. The state championship is scheduled to be played at Newport Golf Club on Oct. 4.

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