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MA, I-L golf teams in good shape

MAs Hayden Maroun looks over a putt on number 8 at Ridgewood Country Club during his even-par round of 36 on Sept. 12. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
September 19, 2011
MOULTONBORO It's been a good season for the local golf teams this fall, as defending champion Moultonboro Academy and Inter-Lakes High School both look primed for solid runs in the Division IV state tournament next month.

The Panthers entered this week a perfect 14-0 on the year thanks to stellar play from a veteran cast of talent. Hayden Maroun, Matt Werren, Duncan Richards and Tim Casey have all played well this fall, enabling MA coach Ken Nilson to rotate several players in the 5-6 spots of the lineup.

"Our consistency has been great to see this year," said Nilson. "Our top four have gotten a lot more consistent than last year and the nice thing about this group is they've matured to the point where if they have a bad hole, they don't let it get them down. In years past, if you make a double or triple bogey, that could be the end of your whole round. This year that hasn't happened."

The team's abilities were on full display during a four-team home match on Sept. 12 at Ridgewood Country Club, as Maroun carded an even-par 36 to grab medalist honors while Werren, Richards and Casey all shot 40 en route to the 3-0 day against I-L, Lisbon and Sunapee.

The 156 team total from that match was nearly bettered two days later when the Panthers shot 157 at Maplewood Golf Club in Bethlehem. MA continued the solid week with a 169 at the traditionally difficult Lake Sunapee Country Club.

"We've played some golf courses that are tough to score on," said Nilson. "Maplewood is tough to shoot low numbers at, it's a very severe and fast course and the kids aren't used to that. And then Sunapee is one of the premier golf courses up here. You tell them that but it didn't seem to rattle them. 169 is a very good score out there."

Inter-Lakes has also gotten off to a nice start, as the Lakers entered the week 9-5 overall and has been getting contributions from all over the lineup.

"We've seen some good things happening so far this season," said I-L coach Chuck Yaeger. "The last match we had at Waumbek (Country Club), our two lowest scores were sophomores. That's a good sign there. We just want to keep on working to improve scoring so we can continue to bring down average."

Jon Petitti has led the way from the top spot for I-L this fall, while Drew Fay has been a steady number two player.

"Those two have been our mainstays so far," said Yaeger. "The team has been counting on those guys to fire a solid round so then we need two more scores from the four other guys. On any given day someone's going to step up and help us."

Sophomore Eamon Bean was one of those players that stepped up on Sept. 16, as he fired a 42 to take medalist honors in the number six spot en route to I-L's sweep over Littleton, White Mountains and Woodsville. Dillon Mailand (44) had the second-lowest score for the Lakers on the afternoon while Petitti (46) and Fay (47) rounded out the scorers for a team total of 179.

"We still have a lot of work to do," said Yaeger. "We've only cracked 180 once and our goal was to try and crack 180 every match this year. We have to continue to improve over the next few weeks."

I-L entered the week in fifth place amongst Division IV teams, with MA alone in first. The top seven teams qualify for the state tournament, and both teams are in good shape to compete at White Mountains Country Club on Oct. 6.

Varney Smith
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