Veteran coach Scott Sicard saw his Londonderry High golf squad begin its 2015 season recently by posting a 4-2 overall mark in its first three matches.
Last week, Sicard’s squad ended up right in the middle of two teams in a match in Manchester, and it then swept two other opponents away on its home links in Litchfield to advance to 4-2 on the young season.
An overwhelming performance by the Winnacunnet High Warriors from Hampton left the Londonderry High golfers contemplating the split they collected in a three-team match at Manchester’s Derryfield Country Club Wednesday, Sept. 2.
The seacoast side played exceptionally well in registering a team score of 186 to easily outdistance Sicard’s LHS crew (216) and the host Manchester Central Little Green (221) as well.
“Winnacunnet put on a clinic out at Derryfield this afternoon, and their number one golfers shot a minus-2 for the round,” said Sicard. “It was impressive to watch.”
The Londonderry effort was paced by Jason Coburn with his individual score of 36, Dan Pleva with a 43, and Nick McCann with a tally of 44.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but we have a great group of guys willing to work hard,” said the LHS coach.
But Sicard was considerably happier with the work his charges put forth last Friday, Sept. 4, in sweeping away both the Concord High Crimson Tide and the Spaulding High Red Raiders from Rochester in another three-team battle at the Passaconaway Country Club in Litchfield.
Londonderry tallied a 206 team score, Concord shot a 217, and Spaulding finished with a 224.
Concord’s Matt LaTourette led all golfers with a score of 36, but Coburn finished second (38) and Pleva wound up third (39) for the victorious hosts.
Brian Boyle contributed a 42, Marc Landry shot a 43, Dalton Shields was good for a 44, and Nick McCann notched a 45 for the locals.
“We had some Lancers put up their best scores so far this year in today’s match, but what I was most impressed with today was not that we won, or that some of our guys shot their best rounds, but that the Spaulding coach pulled our whole team aside at the end of the match and told the guys how impressed he was at their sportsmanship and how helpful they were to the other players during today’s round. That to me is more important than a win or a best round. We have a fantastic group of golfers this year and I am proud of them that their sportsmanship was so evident that another coach pulled them aside to let them know,” said Sicard.