2020 Hockomock League Golf Preview

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Mansfield’s Ryan Dow tees off during the 2019 Hockomock League Championships at Blue Hill Country Club. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

2020 Hockomock League Golf Preview

Attleboro

2019 Record: 6-10
Coach: Jon Burre
Despite graduating over a half a dozen seniors from last year’s squad, head coach Jonathan Burre is excited to see what the new faces will bring to the table this season. One constant the Bombardiers have is junior captain Brendan Raymond, who led the team with an average score of 40.3 last year as a sophomore. Not only is Raymond a solid player on the course and great around the greens, but Burre also said he’s a great leader for the young squad.

Junior captain Parker Sackett, junior Jackson Sweeney, and sophomore Carter Shelton are all back after picking up valuable match experience last season and will be counted on to be key scorers for the Bombardiers, who are playing out of Stone-E-Lea Golf Course for the third straight season. Sophomore Leo Lombardo has made a big leap and will factor into the scoring for the squad while freshmen Dane Holske and Ryan Hill have shown promise in tryouts and practices.

“I like what I have seen from the underclassmen and I am looking forward to seeing who steps up and grabs those last few match spots each week,” Burre said. “The team has been coming in each day with good attitudes and competing at practice. We are well led by our captains and ready for the season!”

Canton

2019 Record: 13-1 (Davenport division champions)
Coach: Mike Barucci
The three-time defending Davenport division champions will be looking to stretch the streak to four this season, which would be a program first. The Bulldogs earned their third straight crown last season on the back of Hockomock League MVP senior Chris Lavoie, who led the league in average for the regular season, as well as a very deep lineup behind him. The Bulldogs will host division foes at Blue Hill Country Club on the challenger course.

Canton also won three straight league titles from 1998-2000 and the Bulldogs head into this season as the favorite to win a fourth straight Davenport title. Despite losing Lavoie to graduation, Canton returns three other Hock All-Stars in juniors Conor Hunter, Will Gefteas, and Michael Leonetti — all three shot an average of under 40 during breakout sophomore campaigns. They will be joined by four-year starter Thomas Singleton in the quest for a four-peat in 2020. Head coach Mike Barucci praised the improvement of senior Owen Donovan and expects a lot of golfers to be in the mix for a spot in the lineup including Nate MacDonald, Andrew Middleton, Aiden French, Charlie Cohen, and Ryan Doucette.

“We have a lot of depth this year and a lot of guys returning who have experience playing in matches,” Barucci said. “We should have a very competitive and exciting season.”

Foxboro

2019 Record: 10-6
Coach: Jared Tise
It might be a month later than anticipated but the Foxboro Warriors are excited to hit the links and get back out on the course to try and build on their 2019 campaign. Posting an 8-2 record against division foes and a 10-win season overall — the squad’s best in nearly a decade — Foxboro is looking to challenge Canton for the top spot in the Davenport.

Teeing off on the front nine at Foxborough Country Club, the Warriors will be anchored by a pair of senior captains in Dylan Quinn and Luke Davies. Quinn, who qualified for states as an individual last season, spent the summer improving all parts of his game and will be in the mix among the top golfers in the league this year. Davies was apart of the Warriors lineup each match last season and head coach Jared Tise expects him to be a big factor this year.

“[Davies] has improved to come out of tryouts as our number two player,” Tise said. “Luke, like Dylan, has worked very hard this summer improving his game while keeping his strength of iron play.”

Foxboro will turn to a handful of juniors to round out the top four this season, including Jack Rounds, Matt Fossella, Jack Watts, and Dylan Pothier. Rounds and Fossella each played in all of Foxboro’s matches last season while Watts and Pothier gained some valuable experience; all four are likely to factor into scoring this year.







Franklin

2019 Record: 14-4
Coach: Dustin Picillo
With six starters returning from last year’s 14-win team, including five experienced seniors, the Panthers are primed to make a push for the Kelley-Rex division title. After sharing the crown with OA in 2018, the Franklin finished second last year but will be one of the top challengers as rival Mansfield looks to repeat. Franklin calls Franklin Country Club home and will host teams on the front nine (par 35).

Spearheading the way for the Panthers will be senior Jack Paterson, returning after a stellar 2019 campaign. After finishing the regular season in the top five with an average score of 38.2, Paterson capped the season by shooting a 76 at Blue Hill Country Club to take home the individual title at the Hockomock League Championships. Seniors Nolan Norton, Brian Sandham, Sean Connelly, and Pat Dolan, who is coming off a breakout season in 2019, will make up the backbone of the Panthers this season. Juniors Caroline Woelfel and Jack MacKinnon will also be in the mix after gaining valuable experience on the course a year ago, while underclassmen Jack Hagerty, Ben Paterson, and CJ Steel have impressed in the early going.

“We are excited about our team this year,” said head coach Dustin Picillo. “Greens are firm and fast at FCC which has given us an early test of where we are at. We’re excited to get started against Attleboro.”

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King Philip

2019 Record: 9-5
Coach: Myles McHugh
Despite a late start to the season, King Philip is aiming to be a spoiler in the Kelley-Rex division title hunt this season. Coming off a nine-win season, the Warriors are hoping to take the next step this year. Junior captain and Hock all-star Mike Matheson will lead the way for the Warriors, fresh off a strong 2019 campaign in which he averaged 39.9. He will be joined by senior captain Aidan Leonard, a four-year member of the program who will provide leadership and guidance for a squad with 11 juniors and nine underclassmen.

Head coach Myles McHugh will be leaning on Jared Curran, Pat Reardon, and Kevin Birenbaum — three returners from last season. Juniors Timmy Hartwell and Markus Paschke have shown a lot of improvement from a season ago and will be in the mix for the starting lineup when the Warriors tee off at Wentworth Hills Country Club. Sophomore James Boldy and freshmen Ethan Sullivan and Tyler Douglas have impressed in the early tryouts and practices and will be pushing for spots in the KP lineup.

“With 21 players on the team this year, the eight varsity travel spots are sure to be hotly contested,” McHugh said. “And as always, I would like to thank Wentworth Hills Country Club for hosting our team. It’s is a beautiful course that has afforded us a strong home course advantage for several years now.”

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Mansfield

2019 Record: 14-2 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
Coach: Chris Hall
The Hornets had a banner year in 2019, winning the Kelley-Rex division for the first time since 2015 and went on to take first place at the Hockomock League Championship with a 12-stroke margin of victory. With virtually its entire starting lineup back this season, Mansfield enters the season as the favorite to repeat as division champions under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Chris Hall.

Playing the front nine at Norton Country Club its home course, the Hornets will face stiff competition as they try to secure another division championship. But with a strong senior class that features 11 golfers, Mansfield remains the team to beat. Ryan Dow, who led the team with an average of 38.8 and placed second at each of the last two league championships, is joined by brothers Jason See (39.1) and Brian See (39.5) at the top of the lineup for the Hornets. And don’t forget senior Nate Morreale (40.3), who took home the individual title as a sophomore at the 2018 league championship meet. Mansfield boasts incredible depth with seniors Joe Gormley (41.8) and Ava Haggis (42.8), both consistent scorers over the past couple of seasons, back in the lineup.

“Rounding out the team are a variety of incredibly talented senior athletes, mixed with a strong group of juniors and underclassmen looking to complete,” Hall said. “The Hornets have truly worked together to build a successful program at Mansfield High School. While our short term intentions are clear, the future is bright for the Hornets.”




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Milford

2019 Record: 3-12
Coach: Jason Potty
Milford is hoping to have a bounce back season after just three wins in 2019. Hosting division rivals at Hopedale Country Club (par 35), the Scarlet Hawks will lean heavily on their most experienced golfers as they battle against Kelley-Rex foes this season. While the Hawks will have home course advantage against most of its new division rivals, they will be venturing to a handful of courses for the first time this season.

Seniors Dave Pacella (captain) and Wesley Murdock will lead the way and have a big impact for Milford this season. They will be joined by juniors Ronan Fleming and Tom Donato, who both picked up valuable experience last season as sophomores. After that, the Hawks will turn to youth to fill out the lineup card. First-year sophomores Eric Farrell and Tyler Caldon are going to be in the mix while freshmen Anthony LaPierre, Nate Lawrence, Jacob Hipolito, and Joe Pezza have shown promise early on and could factor into the scoring for Milford.

“We’re really excited that we actually have a season even if it is shortened so the seniors can have a nice send off and young guys can get match experience and play the other golf courses in the Hock,” said head coach Jason Potty.

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North Attleboro

2019 Record: 8-8
Coach: Steve Nelson
After spending the past two seasons on the gridiron, junior Tyler DeMattio will be hitting the links this season and will be one of the main players for a Rocketeers squad that is looking to break Canton’s streak atop the Davenport division. With football pushed to the wedge season between winter and spring, athletes have the opportunity to participate in a different fall sport and DeMattio is taking advantage, trading his helmet and shoulder pads in for a driver and putter.

Along with the addition of DeMattio, the Rocketeers have sophomore Jake Gaskin back in the fold at Heather Hill Country Club. As a freshman, Gaskin burst onto the scene with an average of 40.6 during the regular season and tied for North’s top score at the league championship match. With a year under his belt, Gaskin will likely be in the mix among the top golfers in the division. Senior co-captains Aidan Weir (43.6) and Sam Gallagher (43.0) will lead the way both on and off the course this season. Head coach Steve Nelson has eight golfers battling it out for the last four spots, hoping the competition among teammates will bring out the best when the Rocketeers tee off this week.

Oliver Ames

2019 Record: 9-5
Coach: Ryan Riley
After a four-year stint in the Kelley-Rex that featured three division titles, the Tigers are back in the Davenport where they won four straight titles from 2012-2015. With its seven-year title streak snapped in 2019, Oliver Ames is looking to knock off three-time defending champion Canton behind a deep, but young, squad.

Head coach Ryan Riley will lean on senior captain James Walsh and junior captain Jo Jo Gaultier to provide some stability to a team that graduated six seniors, including all three of its participants in last year’s league championships. Senior Logan Domenico and junior Carter Allbritton have match experience and will be key pieces this season while junior Jake Kaplan has impressed in the early going. Freshmen David Rodgers and Sean Kearns don’t have any match experience yet but will be in the mix for the Tigers’ starting lineup. Oliver Ames plays off the white tees at Pine Oaks Golf Course in Easton.




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Sharon

2019 Record: 5-8
Coach: Thor Van Vaerenewyck
Sharon lost two starters to graduation and has just one senior on the team this year, but with two of the top returning golfers back in the fold, the Eagles will contend against division foes this year on the front nine at the Cape Club of Sharon.

Senior Ethan Skelly has been among the league leaders in each of the past two seasons (37.5 average over two seasons) and that trend is likely to continue this year. Skelly, who finished tied for sixth at Hocks last year, is joined by juniors Nathan Daley and Eric Carter, who not only picked up valuable match experience last year but were key contributors in the Eagles’ starting lineup. Daley had a strong finish to his 2019 campaign with a fourth-place finish at Hocks while Carter has shown improvement from a year ago. Juniors Owen Kevorkian and Rosie Leonard will also factor into the scoring for Sharon after getting their feet wet last season.

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Stoughton

2019 Record: 1-14
Coach: Brett Boyd
With all eight starters back from a year ago, the Black Knights are aiming to have an improved season on the links. Led by senior captain Max Huminik, who had the top average on the team and was the team’s medalist in almost all matches, the Knights are hoping to increase the win count this year under fifth-year head coach Brett Boyd.

Juniors Anthony Hearn and Patrick Smith are aiming to build on some great rounds from last year, gaining valuable experience as sophomores on courses they will see again this season. Senior Jake Curtis will be another key contributor for Stoughton, who hosts teams on the front nine at Easton Country Club. Curtis is a consistent player and will likely factor into the scoring in each match. Boyd noted how all four golfers have made great adjustments off the team and have positioned themselves to improve their scoring. Jonah Hochberg, Brooke Bulger, Joseph Mark, and Joseph Rush have impressed early on and will be battling for spots in the starting lineup.

“I’m looking forward to having the same squad back from last year that now has experienced playing in matches and seen these other courses,” Boyd said.
“It will only help make us more competitive down the stretch.”

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Taunton

2019 Record: 2-13
Coach: Brad Koneski
The Tigers boast four returning starters from last year’s squad and are aiming to improve as the season progresses. The Tigers are set to tee off on the road against King Philip but later in the week will entertain the Warriors, as well as the rest of the Kelley-Rex division, at Segregansett Country Club.

Seniors Spencer Andrews, Colton Fagan, Dillon Schofield, and Kyle Robinson are the key contributors back for the Tigers in 2020 and will all be important pieces for this season. All four were apart of the Tigers’ starting lineup a year ago and that experience should help as they battle through a loaded Kelley-Rex division. Head coach Brad Koneski, now in his sixth season at the helm, also expects Nathan Fernandes and Alex Dias to factor into the scoring for the Tigers this season.

Golf: 2019 Hockomock League Preview

2019 Hockomock Golf Preview
Mansfield’s Nate Morreale, who placed first at the Hockomock League Championships last season, is back for the Hornets this season. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

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Attleboro

2018 Record: 3-12
2018 Hock Championships: 10th Place
Coach: Jon Burre
The Bombardiers bring back four players from last year’s team and have a unique home course advantage at Stone-E-Lea that gives Attleboro confidence that it can make a move up the Kelley-Rex division standings and challenge for a tournament spot.

Senior Jack Handy will be the team leader, providing guidance for the younger players. Fellow senior Ben Wood is a steadying influence and classmate Brian Houle is a consistent player that the team can rely on. Sophomore Brendan Raymond is also back after a solid rookie season and has improved his short game from last year. New to the team this season are senior Joseph Castelli and sophomore Parker Sackett, who is still showing the same consistency but with the potential to shoot lower scores this year.

Attleboro coach Jon Burre said, “One strength as a team is that we play really well at our home course which is unique in that it’s a very get-able course if you know what to hit and where to hit it. Another strength for us is our positive attitude and commitment to the game and our community.”

Canton

2018 Record: 11-2 (Davenport Division Champions)
2018 Hock Championships: 6th Place
Coach: Mike Barucci
The Bulldogs have won back-to-back Davenport division titles, their first league titles since 2002, and Canton has the potential to make it a three-peat thanks to a number of returning players and overall depth.

Senior Chris Lavoie will start the season as the team’s No. 1. He is a three-year player coming off a medalist round at the South sectional in 2018. Junior Thomas Singleton is also a three-year player for the Bulldogs and will take one of the top pairings. The sophomore class will provide the depth for the roster, many of them returning after strong rookie seasons. Mike Leonetti, Will Gefteas, and Conor Hunter are all back and their experience as freshmen will make them valuable on the less familiar road courses. Sophomores Nate MacDonald and Andrew Middleton could crack the top eight and junior Owen Donovan has shown great improvement and should see playing time this fall.

“We have a tough start to the season with four of our first five matches on the road, but with five of our eight starters returning from last season we should have the experience to compete at any course,” said Canton coach Mike Barucci.

Foxboro

2018 Record: 7-9
2018 Hock Championships: 4th Place
Coach: Jared Tise
Foxboro narrowly missed out on the postseason last year, but the Warriors bring back and experienced corps and a group of promising younger players that are determined to get into the state tournament picture this fall.

Seniors Noah Hicks and Matt Lathrop will be the team leaders and both are captains for the second year in a row. Hicks keeps the ball in play off the tee and with his irons, allowing him to score low, while Lathrop is great around the green and both with be looking to average sub-40 this season. Junior Dylan Quinn will be the No. 3 player for Foxboro and has the experience to help the promising underclassmen. Junior Luke Davies has shown the potential to be a top-five player this season and sophomore Jack Rounds is making the switch from the gridiron to the links but already looks capable of making an impact for the Warriors.

“As a team, this is the most depth I have had in my five years of coaching,” said Foxboro coach Jared Tise. “They have worked hard over the summer and it has showed in tryouts and the first few practices. We play a very difficult course which works in our favor and most of our team has worked hard on their course management to play it the right way especially in matches.”

Franklin

2018 Record: 13-5 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
2018 Hock Championships: 3rd Place
Coach: Dustin Piccolo
Franklin shared the league title with Oliver Ames last season, earning its first title since 2013 and ending the Tigers’ run of two straight outright Kelley-Rex division crowns. The Panthers are counting on a deep lineup and the development of talented young players to challenge for a second straight championship.

League MVP Matt D’Errico has graduated but there is still a lot of experienced players to count on for the title defense. Junior Jack Peterson averaged a 42 last season as a sophomore and could go even lower this fall, while senior Jake Blaney will give the young roster leadership at the top. Senior Quinten Faro posted a 43 last year after making the cross-country switch from Northern California to Franklin and junior Nolan Norton will be expected to contribute as the Panthers go in search of another title. Sophomore Caroline Woelfel could be poised for a breakout season after featuring in five matches as a freshman.

“In addition to most of our core returning next year, we are excited about the prospects of our practice group from last year,” said Franklin coach Dustin Picillo. “After splitting the Kelley Rex Division we are hopeful that we can put in a solid title defense.”

King Philip

2018 Record: 9-5
2018 Hock Championships: 11th Place
Coach: Myles McHugh
The Warriors have strength in numbers, with 18 players on the roster for the season, and they showed that there is plenty of potential in the side with a season-opening win over an Oliver Ames side that has won six straight league titles.

Seniors Jack Hastry, Kayla Schuberth, Ray Mullin, and Nate Ihley will be the team leaders, providing the necessary guidance and consistency to keep the underclassmen heading in the right direction. Sophomores Mike Matheson, Jarred Curran and Patrick Reardon are all expected to play big roles this season and juniors Kevin Birenbaum and Aidan Gillis will be keeping the pressure on the top eight. Newcomers Timmy Hartwell and Gavin Croke are also going to be in the mix as the Warriors go in search of a first league title since 2011.

“The Hock is a very competitive league so wins won’t come easy, however, this team has depth,” said KP coach Myles McHugh. “At any given match there are seven players that can be the top four scorers and when going to the fifth card, I think we have the advantage. The team and its captains have high hopes and expectations for the season.

Mansfield

2018 Record: 9-7
2018 Hock Championships: 1st Place
Coach: Chris Hall
Mansfield finished two games back of league leaders Oliver Ames and Franklin last year, but the Hornets have their sights set on getting back to the top of the Kelley-Rex division standings this fall thanks to a deep group of experienced golfers.

Seniors Will Stratton and Michael O’Neil will set the tone for the team and lead a very talented group of juniors, including Jason See, Nate Morreale, and Ryan Dow, who combined to win the league championship meet last year. Morreale had the medalist round at that meet. Junior Brian See is also returning this fall. He led the team in scoring average his freshman year but was sidelined all of last year with a back injury. Juniors Ava Haggis and Joe Gormley can add a spark for the Hornets after two years of contributing low scores.

“The Hornets thrive off competition and bring high intensity to every match and practice,” said Mansfield coach Chris Hall, whose team opened the season with a win against defending league champ Franklin. “This group truly embraces their role on the team and push each other to improve every day.”

Milford

2018 Record: 4-12
2018 Hock Championships: 7th Place
Coach: Jason Potty

Milford head coach Jason Potty will be looking for some new faces to step up into the starting lineup this season.

The Hawks lost the majority of their scorers from last season so Potty will lean heavily on senior captains Ed Madden and Nick Wemette to lead the way. Madden is the most experienced of the group, factoring into the scoring last year more than any other returning Hawk. Tyler Weatherbee and Jason Luchini, both seniors, also saw time in matches last season and will be important pieces of the puzzle for Milford this season. Sophomore Ronan Fleming has had an impressive preseason so far and should be competing for time in the starting lineup.

“We lost some good golfers from last season and we have a lot of new faces that haven’t seen any of the away courses, which makes it tough,” Potty said. “The kids are doing the best they can and we’re going to figure it out as we go this season.”

North Attleboro

2018 Record: 10-6
2018 Hock Championships: 5th Place
Coach: Steve Nelson
The Rocketeers have eight golfers, including four regular starters coming back from last year’s team that reached the postseason and finished a couple of games behind league champion Canton. This year Big Red will be aiming for a Davenport crown.

Seniors Jillian Barend, Justin Strom, Brett Dusel, and junior Aidan Weir are the four returning starters for North. Barend played in and had her score used in all 16 matches last season and she was the medalist at a match six times. Weir also played all 16 matches last year as a sophomore and that experience will be important this fall. Junior Sam Gallagher and freshman Jake Gaskin are likely to add to the starters in most matches and there is stiff competition to get into the final two spots.

“I expect the team to be very competitive in the Davenport Division of the Hockomock League,” said North coach Steve Nelson.

Oliver Ames

2018 Record: 13-2 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
2018 Hock Championships: 2nd Place
Coach: Ryan Riley
Expectations are always high at Easton Country Club, as the Tigers come into 2019 on the back of seven straight league titles, including four in the Davenport and the last three in the Kelley-Rex. Despite a season-opening loss to King Philip and the loss of six seniors from last year’s squad, Oliver Ames is still among the favorites for another league crown.

Senior captains Tate Hadges and Brad Powers are the two key returning golfers for the Tigers. Hadges competed in match play in the women’s amateur and recently won the Tarlow Invitational and that competitive golf experience will be crucial for winning the league. Powers is a steady golfer who limits mistakes and puts the pressure on his opponents. Senior Justin Shapiro and sophomore Jo Jo Gaultier should also step in this year to help add depth to the lineup.

“Oliver Ames is looking to utilize its depth in 2019,” said OA coach Ryan Riley. ”I expect 12-plus members to get an opportunity to play in varsity matches.”

Sharon

2018 Record: 10-3
2018 Hock Championships: 8th Place
Coach: Thor Van Vaerenewyck
Four starters are back for Sharon this season trying to help the Eagles claim their first league title since 2012. Sharon finished just one game back of Canton in last year’s Davenport title race and the year of experience will be invaluable to try and overcome the Bulldogs this fall.

Senior Andrew Glaser, junior Ethan Skelly, and sophomores Nathan Daley and Eric Carter are the four returning players who will be asked to carry a heavy load for the Eagles this season. Skelly was the team’s low scorer last year, averaging a 37, and he finished tied for 10th in the Div. 2 state tournament. Daley and Carter played in the majority of the matches last year as freshmen and that experience has helped them develop their games and made them invaluable pieces to this year’s lineup.

Stoughton

2018 Record: 0-16
2018 Hock Championships: 12th Place
Coach: Brett Boyd
It was a tough 2018 season for the Black Knights, but with four returning starters and no seniors, Stoughton is looking at a potentially brighter future.

Juniors Max Huminik and Jake Curtis will be the captains this year and both have been regulars on the team for the past two seasons. Huminik will be the team’s No. 1 and is expected to be a leader on and off the course. Sophomore Patrick Smith and Anthony Hearn are both back after contributing as freshmen and they have exciting potential that was shown during the summer months. Freshman Joseph Rush and junior Jonah Hochberg also have the potential of mixing into the lineup this season.

Stoughton coach Brett Boyd said, “With this young nucleus of players, I am really looking forward to what we can produce over the next couple of years!”

Taunton

2018 Record: 6-11
2018 Hock Championships: 9th Place
Coach: Brad Koneski
The Tigers struggled for consistency at times last year, winning just two of its games against fellow Kelley-Rex division teams, but there is potential in the lineup, including the four returning players.

Senior Sean Bunker will provide the leadership for a relatively young crew. Juniors Kyle Robinson and Spencer Andrews will be important contributors entering the season and sophomore Loran Corcoran is coming off a solid rookie campaign and will be expected to add depth to the squad. Taunton will be hoping this combination can get right into the swing of things against the ultra-competitive division foes that it will see all season.

“We are hoping to improve on our play from last year, and stay competitive in our matches,” said Taunton coach Brad Koneski.