Classical golf concludes regular season with tri-meet win

Luke Rao was named a NEC South all-star. (Olivia Falcigno)

LYNN — The main goal for any team going into the season is to grow from the start of the year to the finish. That’s exactly what the Classical golf team did, and the Rams capped off their strong regular season with a tri-meet win over Northeastern Conference foes English and Revere Wednesday afternoon at Gannon Golf Club. Classical beat English 45-27 and beat Revere 40-32.

“This was a great way to end the regular season for us,” said Classical coach Jack Morrison. “We have a really good group this year and the guys all grew from the first day to now. I didn’t think we’d be where we are now at the beginning of the season.”

While all eight Classical golfers won their matches in the victories, the real standouts of the day were the Rams’ three seniors: Luke Rao, Tim Nerich and Kyle McCarthy. All four-year starters, the trio was celebrated before the match as a part of Classical’s Senior Day.

“All three guys are four-year starters for me and they’re all fine players and great guys,” Morrison said of the senior trio. “They’ve been good players for awhile now, but coming into this year they were asked to step up and be the top guys. They did exactly that and they led us all year.”

The Rams played well in their tri-meet victory, battling chilly temperatures and windy conditions on the course. As has been the case for much of the year, Classical’s depth of talent is what lifted it to the win Wednesday.

“We certainly didn’t have our A-game (Wednesday), but we were able to earn a scrappy victory,” Morrison said. “We were able to have guys from up and down our lineup contribute to the win, which is what you need on a day where conditions can make it tougher out there.”

Next week will be a big one for Classical, as the Rams will compete in both the Division 2 North sectional tournament (Monday, 9) and the NEC Open (Thursday, 12). Morrison knows both tournaments will be uphill battles for the Rams in a number of ways.

“We’re going to have our hands full next week for sure,” said Morrison. “There are a lot of good teams in Division 2 North and obviously in the NEC as well. And the real kicker is that this is when we switch formats. We’re used to playing a match-play format all season long, and now these tournaments are in a stroke-play format. It’s a totally different mindset and it’s something a lot of these guys aren’t used to. If you combine all of those factors, it’s going to be a tough battle for us.”

Classical will tee it up at Far Corner Golf Club in Boxford next Monday (9) for the Division 2 North sectional.

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