From Golf, posted by The Blue & Gold on 9/26/2013 (13 items)

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One can say golf is a sport only gentlemen can play, but it is much more. It is a game played with “honor, integrity and respect,” as senior captain Nick Ward explained. The sport takes mental and physical effort, focusing on the target and hitting it with the right amount of strength, enough that once it goes, it will enter the hole. The fewer the number of strokes hit by one, the more points received, which makes for a better chance of winning. The last Greater Boston League title won by the Malden High School golf team was back in 1981, so Ward’s goal along with the team is aiming to make a  “statement this year and bring [MHS] its first golf team GBL since 1981”. Golf is a team sport, but mostly based on an individual’s effort against their opponent in order to win.

Currently, the golf team is looking better than ever. In its humble beginnings, there were “only five kids on the team.” Now the roster boasts nineteen-strong. Leading this team are Ward, and juniors Piero Pocobene and Tristar To. Each “bring individual strengths to the table,” but most of all, the three display dedication, persistence, skill, and passion towards the sport of golf. Comparing years past and now, captain Tristar commented that he felt “that this team has the capability to accomplish things that previous MHS golf teams did not.” As with any sport, the team wishes to “enjoy every moment this season.”

So far, the varsity golf team has played against Somerville, Cambridge, Medford (twice), and most recently, Everett. Somerville, Cambridge, and Everett were all hard-won. Unfortunately, Medford, both of which were close matches, was a loss. Somerville was won 41 1/2 to 30 1/2; Cambridge was 38 1/12 to 33 1/2; Everett was 43 1/2 to 28 1/2]; and the unfortunate matches against longtime rival Medford were 34 to 38 and 31 1/2 to 40 1/2. MHS looks forward to the future of the golf team and its successes.



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