H.S. Golf: Frontier continues home unbeaten streak

  • Frontier’s Gunnar Moore chips onto the No. 7 green during their match against Chicopee Comp on Wednesday afternoon at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Kyle Maynard watches his tee shot on No. 8 during their match against Chicopee Comp on Wednesday afternoon at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Bryan Baumann hits off the No. 5 fairway during their match against Chicopee Comp on Wednesday afternoon at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Mikey Corduff putts onto the No. 3 green during their match against Chicopee Comp on Wednesday afternoon at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst.

  • Frontier’s Kyle Maynard hits off the tee on No. 7 during their match against Chicopee Comp on Wednesday afternoon at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Gunnar Moore tees off No. 4 during their match against Chicopee Comp on Wednesday afternoon at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Gunnar Moore hits off the No. 5 fairway during their match against Chicopee Comp on Wednesday afternoon at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Gunnar Moore watches his tee shot on No. 8 during their match against Chicopee Comp on Wednesday afternoon at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Mikey Corduff tees off No. 4 during their match against Chicopee Comp on Wednesday afternoon at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 10/2/2019 10:24:39 PM

AMHERST — It takes a near-perfect match to beat the Frontier Regional School golf team on its home course.

The Red Hawks haven’t lost at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst in five seasons. That didn’t change on Wednesday, as Frontier rolled past Chicopee Comp, 23-1, in an independent match.

The win gives the Red Hawks a perfect 10-0 record to start the season.

“It’s a funky course that these kids have been playing for four years,” Frontier coach Bill Fitzpatrick said of Cherry Hill. “They know where to put it and what to hit.”

Mikey Corduff shot a match-low even-par 35 from the No. 1 spot to earn medalist honors. He swept all four points in his match against Comp’s Tucker Dalessio.

Even with the win, the junior felt there’s still room to improve, saying a few bogeys caused his score to be lower than where he wanted it.

“As a team, we’ve been really good,” Corduff said. “For me personally, I haven’t played the way I’d like to. It can get better, though. It’s not over yet. I need to keep my iron game consistent.”

Corduff golfed with fellow junior Kyle Maynard, who shot a 39 in the No. 2 spot. That was enough to top Chicopee Comp’s John Vandal, who shot a 48.

The two juniors have developed a strong relationship, helping each other out throughout matches.

“Just knowing each other and being friends helps a lot,” Corduff said. “Like Kyle, we have classes together so we see each other around at school. It’s not like you’re on your own out there.”

In the No. 3 spot, eighth-grader Gunnar Moore shot 36 and swept all four points.

Now in his second year on the varsity club, Moore feels much more comfortable with his game, crediting his teammates for helping him learn the sport and how to behave within the team.

“They’ve helped me a crazy amount,” Moore said. “Just learning how to act and be mature around them has been great for me.”

In his second year golfing consistently at Cherry Hill, Moore feels confident in battling the course. If it weren’t for a few bogeys on Wednesday, he would have had the low score of the match.

“I think it helps us a lot,” Moore said of playing at Cherry Hill. “I know a lot of people who have hit the ball great but not shot great scores because they don’t know the course.”

In the No. 4 spot, Bryan Baumann earned 3½ points after shooting a 41, while Porter Clancy also earned 3½ points in the No. 5 match, finishing with a 48.

Rowan Blair shot an impressive 38 to earn four points out of the No. 6 spot.

While the top of the lineup is strong, Fitzpatrick feels Frontier’s depth is its strongest asset.

“The (numbers) one and twos, we go into every match thinking they’re going to split,” Fitzpatrick said. “The bottom four is what’s going to win our match. That’s what I tell the guys, it doesn’t matter if you’re playing out of the (number) one or the six, four points is four points. It’s the same thing whether you shoot a 35 or 45, you’re going to play the same caliber at that spot.”

“Our top three guys are all solid players,” Moore echoed. “Our four-through-six are all pretty good, too. We just need to learn from our mistakes. I think we’ve started playing well the last week or so.”

Frontier is back in action as a team on Monday, putting its unblemished record up against Suburban League West foe Hopkins. Before that, Corduff and Maynard will represent the team in Friday’s PVIAC Two-Ball Invitational at South Hadley’s Ledges Golf Club.


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