The Belmont Hill Golf team started its season in style, winning their first eleven matches. The first sting, however, came on May 11th at the Ponkapoag golf course, when St. Sebastian’s defeated Belmont Hill, handing them their first loss of the year. Although disappointed, the team still held first place in the league over BB&N and Rivers, both of whom were not far behind. The following week, the team played a tri-match at Belmont Country Club against BB&N and Lawrence Academy. Belmont Hill had seen BB&N a few weeks prior to this match, so they knew that it was going to be a grind out on the course. Both BB&N as well as Lawrence Academy came out with fire, and eventually defeated Belmont Hill. Because of these two losses, Belmont Hill’s official record was 14-3 amongst ISL schools, tied with BB&N. Thus, the two teams halved the ISL title and were both crowned with the Walworth Trophy, which Belmont Hill will keep.
A week later, five Belmont Hill golfers (John Lazor, Joe Lynch, Joe Melanson, Chris Byrne, and Oisin Treanor) and Mr. Doar went out to play the annual end of the year ISL Kingman Tournament. This year, it was held at the Old Scotland Links, in Bridgewater, MA. John Lazor shot a fantastic 72 and Chris Byrne a 78, while Joe Melanson, Oisin Treanor, and Joe Lynch each shot a 79; together, the team took 3rd place. On top of their great performance this season, the Belmont Hill golf team had the honor of winning the ISL Sportsmanship Award, which Mr. Doar was extremely proud of, saying, “For the team to both have the best record in the ISL and win the Sportsmanship Award is very impressive. I am very proud of these guys for digging deep when things got tough, and, more importantly, doing it with class.”
There were many notable accomplishments this year throughout the regular season. Charlie Greenwood played skillfully in matches against BB&N and Middlesex, defeating both of his opponents in the first five holes. This led to a huge win for the team, since otherwise Belmont Hill would have tied BB&N in that match and lost the ISL title. Filip Flenhagen played lights out against Andover and drilled an 18-foot putt for the win in his match and a tie overall between both teams. Lastly, as we say goodbye to seniors John Lazor, Joe Lynch, Joe Melanson, and Chris Byrne, we would like to thank them for all the hard work they put into the team. Belmont Hill Golf has been so dominating in the past few years because of the leadership and motivation these guys showed. This team will not be the same without them because they were by far the best top four in the ISL. Charlie Greenwood was elected captain, and while this team will go through a bit of rebuilding stage next year, that doesn’t mean they will not have the fire in their eyes to capture another ISL title.