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STONEHAM — The Lynn Classical golf team continued its perfect season Monday afternoon, sweeping a tri-match against Lynn English and Malden in a Greater Boston League bout at Stoneham Oaks Golf Course. The Rams beat English by a score of 47 1/2-24 1/2, while Classical took down Malden 51 1/2-20 1/2.
“The guys have been putting the work in all season, and it’s really paying off in matches,” said Classical coach Jack Morrison. “This is a great group of guys that pays attention in practice and really wants to get better every day. They’ve come a long way in a short time, and it’s great to see their progress.”
TJ Walsh had the low round of the day, shooting a 33 at the par-3 course and winning his match. Ryan Dugan shot a 36 to win his match as well, while Ethan Chevalier and Kyle McKenna each won their first varsity matches. Brady Warren tied his match in the No. 1 spot.
The Bulldogs played well in both matches, but unfortunately came up short in both. After losing to Classical 47 1/2-24 1/2, English fell to Malden 44-28. Alex McMillian had a strong showing in the loss, tying his match against Warren 4 1/2-4 1/2. Billy Deveux also played well for the Bulldogs.
“Tri-matches are always interesting because you’re taking on two guys at once and things can get a little confusing, but our guys really played well out there,” said English coach Brett Molea. “With such a young team, this year is all about building confidence and love of the game. Those things are happening with our guys every day.”
One thing that both Lynn coaches enjoyed seeing out on the course is the enthusiasm and growth of the players on both teams over the course of this short season.
“I really love seeing the camaraderie between the kids while they’re playing, whether it’s chatting while walking up the fairways or whatever else,” said Morrison. “Obviously everyone wants to compete and do well, but it’s always nice to see the sportsmanship aspect of things shine through.”
“We have a lot of new guys and they’re getting addicted to golf, and that in turn is keeping everyone excited and engaged out there,” said Molea. “The state of the team is great right now, and the guys can’t wait to get back out there.”
English (1-5) is right back in action Tuesday afternoon (4) with a road match against Somerville at Indian Ridge Golf Course.
“We’re really using this spring season as a stepping stone for the fall, because we have a lot of kids who didn’t even know they loved the game until five weeks ago,” said Molea. “We’re going to have five returning players in the fall, and we’re hoping to build some confidence over these final few matches so we can go into the fall with some momentum.”
Classical (8-0) now has a full week off before its final match of the season, which will take place May 12 (4) against Somerville at Indian Ridge.
“It’s a little strange to have so much time off, but we’re going to use it to our advantage,” said Morrison. “We still have plenty of things to work on, so we’re going to welcome the time off and try to prepare as well as we can to win that final match.”