The last two weeks of the season have been action packed for the Tewksbury High School golf team. Between two final games, the Massachusetts MIAA Division II Central Squad Tournament and the Merrimack Valley Conference Championship, the Redmen looked to end their season on a high.
Last Monday, the MIAA Division II Central Massachusetts Section Tournament was held at Maplegate Golf Club in Bellingham. Junior Matt Cooke has represented the Redmen as an individual who has shot four over or better in at least half of his games this season. Cooke’s dominant year consisted of an average score of 38.4, where he only shot above four in three of 13 games.
On a rainy, windy, and cold day on the links, Cooke shot a ten for 82, and Redmen head coach Jim Sullivan was proud of his effort.
“I’m very proud of him, his efforts and the progress he’s made this season going from number four in the team last year to the undisputed number one player in the team this year.” Sullivan said. “Matt’s score this year was better than he was on the same course last year when we qualified and played here as a team, but Matt is such a competitor and expects so much of himself that “He was disappointed with it. It’s one of the things I really respect and appreciate about him, he has a tremendous inner motivation and drive to want to be better and be the best at everything he does.
Because the team failed to compile a record of .500 or better at the end of the season games, the team did not get a bid in the tournament. However, Sullivan is confident the team can come back and points to Cooke as someone who can take charge and lead by example for his teammates.
“Matt has worked extremely hard this offseason, as well as throughout this one to be ready for every game, including the one where he went out and played the course two days before a Sunday. When you have players like Matt Cooke in the lead as the number one player and one of your two team captains, you know things can and will improve going forward,” Sullivan said.
The latest Redmen Golf campaign event took place last Thursday at Mt. Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell where the Merrimack Valley Conference Golf Championships were held. Tewksbury were represented by their top four players in Matt Cooke, Jeremy Insogna, Ryan Flynn and Ryan Baker.
Of the ten teams competing, Tewksbury would finish in sixth place, adding their three best scores from the day to calculate a score.
Matt Cooke led the way for the Redmen by going +3 and finishing in the top five individually. Junior Jeremy Insogna shot a +6 that day, which put him in the top ten of the tournament. Senior Ryan Flynn, playing in his first stroke play tournament of his career, overcame some early struggles to settle on the second nine holes where he shot just six shots over par to finish with an overall score of 92, and junior Ryan Baker, also playing in his first stroke play tournament of his golf career, scored a 90 for the day.
Coach Sullivan was proud of his team’s efforts and hopes it’s something to build on in the future.
“It was a really good score for us here today, probably one of the best scores we’ve had in this league because we’re more of a match-play type team that don’t have a lot of experience in the game. roster with stroke play players, but we hope to change that as we have more and more players choosing to spend their spring and summer playing at local courses such as Long Meadow Golf Club where they get those opportunities (playing in stroke play events). I’m happy for this group of players who represented our team and did so well,” Sullivan said.
In the final two games of the regular season, the Redmen traveled to Billerica Country Club and lost 14-6 to a very talented Billerica team, who finished tied for first place in the tournament. of section which was held last Tuesday. .
Junior Matt Cooke led the way by shooting a game with the best 36 and beating Billerica’s leading shooter Jeff Babineau, handing him just his third loss of the season. Cooke won 3&2, and also walked away with the 3&2 fourball match with partner Jeremy Insogna. Insogna also landed a flat in their respective match, and Sophomore Jake Civitarese won their match 3&2.
Rounding out the season’s games, the Redmen hosted the Methuen Rangers at Trull Brook Golf Course. Rangers managed to win the game by a score of 11-9, clinching a playoff spot and capping their most successful season in over a decade.
Matt Cooke won his match 3&2 and was the day’s medalist again with a 36. Other individual winners on the day included Ryan Baker 4&3 and Freshman Ricky Pacheco 1 Up.
Four ball winners included Jeremy Insogna and Matt Cooke 2&1, Ryan Baker and Ryan Flynn 2 Up, and Michael Hill and Jake Civitarese 2&1.