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Kingswood golf team posts two scores under 200 as season winds down

SENIORS (l to r), Luke Batchelder, Steven Osgood and Parker Shure pose for a photo prior to their penultimate home match as Knights. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
September 26, 2011
WOLFEBORO — When the Kingswood golf team put up a score of 199 on its home course on Tuesday, Sept. 20, coach Warren Tickle was thrilled, as it marked the highest score for the team in about three years.

Needless to say, Tickle was even more impressed when two days later his kids traveled to Nippo Lake Golf Club and carded a 193 to sweep their second match of the week.

"That's the best Kingswood has shot in many, many years," Tickle said. "Maybe 20 years."

What impressed the veteran coach the most was that for the second match in a row, the Knights played very consistent golf and improved on their scores.

"At the beginning of the season, I was kind of hoping we'd shoot around 205," he said. "And now looking at the 193, we actually could have even been at 190 without stretching it."

Everyone of the Kingswood golfers fired under a 50 for the day and the top four golfers all fired scores under 40.

Parker Shure and Andrew McCall both carded scores of 37 to lead the way for the Knights, while Sawyer Tremblay shot a 38 and CJ Sirrell finished with a 39.

"With four beating 40, that excited the team and excited me as a coach," Tickle said. "These guys are starting to play the way I anticipated they could."

Nick Eldridge rounded out the scoring with a 42, while Lucas Bonenfant and Scott Jenckes both fired 45s and Elizabeth Nelson, in her first match, fired a 49.

Souhegan finished second with a 201 with John Stark finishing at 203 for third. The host Coe-Brown Bears finished fourth with a 247.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the Knights played host to Kennett, Portsmouth and Laconia at Kingswood Golf Club.

McCall fired a 37 to lead the way for the Kingswood kids, while Sirrell, Bonenfant and Eldridge all fired 40s to add to the score. Shure fired a 42 to round out the scoring for the Knights.

Tremblay shot a 43, Jenckes fired a 49 and Luke Batchelder finished with a 54 to complete the Knight roster.

"I'm real happy," Tickle said. "That is a great score for us."

He noted that he thought the team was capable of 195 and that it was not out of the reach, which turned out to be the truth just two days later at Nippo Lake.

The Knights also had to contend with the rain, as the skies were threatening all afternoon, though it never rained more than a few sprinkles.

"We're used to this weather, we've played three matches in the rain," Tickle said.

Kennett finished second at 213, with Portsmouth finishing at 226 and Laconia carding a 269.

"The final week is the toughest of the year," Tickle said of the last two matches.

The Knights were in action after deadline Tuesday at home and will finish up today, Sept. 22, at 3:25 p.m. at Hanover.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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