Byline: Jay Gearan
The Hudson High Hawks, last year's Mid-Wach C golf champions, are soaring again this fall. The Hawks, coached by Sandy Nichol, are a perfect 5-0 after defeating Lunenburg High late last week.
Last season, led by Alex Daley, now at Bryant College, Hudson finished second in the Central Mass. Division 2 tournament.
"Our goal is to finish a little higher," said Nichol, now in her fourth season, obviously pointing toward the top spot. Last season, the Hawks lost only one match overall, to Marlboro High.
Senior co-captains Ryan Walker and A.J. Szczerbinkski lead the way. Both have been three-year starters for Nichol, who said: "Ryan and A.J. have great leadership skills and a certain calmness about them. They know the game and the proper etiquette. Plus, they have great skills and are role models for the younger players."
Walker, who carded a 2-under-par front-nine 33 last season at Stow Acres, the team's home course, said being a captain is a big responsibility because "we're a young team."
Sophomore Josh Feinberg, medalist twice last week, including an even-par 36 at the Woods of Westminster against Lunenburg, leads the Hawks' youth movement. Rounding out the starting team are eighth-grader Dylan Glynn, sophomore Jesse Tolan and senior Ethan Casucci.
So far, Hudson has notched two wins over Lunenburg and victories over Narragansett Regional, Clinton and Oakmont Regional.
Nichol, who carries a 15 handicap and is in her fourth year with the Hawks, is married to Larry Nichol, Stow Acres director of golf instruction. She met her husband through golf, recalling: "He was a golf pro and I was just learning the game and playing at Lake St. Catherine Country Club in Vermont."
Thanks to her husband and another Stow instructor, Patrick Murphy, the Hudson players get added, solid instruction at Stow Acres.
"We had 24 kids come out for the team, and we have a no-cut policy," Nichol said, "so we have developmental instruction for other players. We're hoping that this will continue to help build our program."
Nichol praised Stow Acres owners Walter and Colette Lankau. "They've been so gracious in letting us use the course and practice facility. It's been a tremendous benefit for the team."
Opening ace for Quabbin
Sophomore Steve Adams struck a superb opening note for the Quabbin Regional Panthers last week in a match against Marlboro at Dunroamin CC in Gilbertville.
On the downhill par-3 first hole, Adams - who plays...