2019 boys golf preview

Posted by Marc Allard, Sports Information Director on 4/27/2019

2019 Preview: Weather makes for slow start


Golf in the spring is never easy.


The Woodstock Academy Centaurs boys and girls golf teams got their first taste of the outdoors on March 19.


When they will be able to set foot on a golf course is another story.


“It’s spring in New England so we have to deal with what we have,” said Centaurs girls coach Earl Semmelrock standing on the Woodstock Academy Commons watching his team practice shooting balls into a bucket on a blustery and chilly March afternoon.


Snow still lined the ground behind his players.


Fortunately, it wasn’t feet deep and there was a lot of dormant grass to be seen.


“We’re cautiously optimistic that, because there is only a little bit of snow on the ground that we will have an early opening,” Semmelrock said. “Typically our home course (Quinnatisset Country Club) doesn’t open until the middle to end of April. Maybe that can be sped up, but the good news is that most of our matches in April are away from our home course and the courses along the shoreline in East Lyme and Norwich will likely be open. We just may be at a deficit if we don’t get much time on the course.”


The Centaurs experienced good turnouts for both the boys and girls programs and likely were going to have to make some cuts with 20 out for the boys team and 22 for the girls.


The Centaurs boys finished with a 14-7 record and tied for second with Stonington in Division II of the Eastern Connecticut Conference with a 7-3 league mark.


Gone from that team, however, is two of its top talents, Jack Gelhaus, who averaged a 40 in dual matches last spring and with a 9-5-3 win/loss record and Eli Child (12-6-2, 42.8).


“We have a nice, eclectic mix of grades, talent sets and experience which should prove to be a competitive group of golfers,” said coach Rich Garceau who enters his 15th year at the helm of the Centaurs.


Mason Stewart tops the list of returnees.


The senior finished tied for second on the team with a 42.8 dual match stroke average and posted a 13-3-1 record.


Stewart won the Crestview Junior Invitational in Agawam, MA.  over the offseason with a four-over par 76 and took the runner up spot in the Sandri Junior Invitational at Fox Hopyard. He finished tied for first with a 1-over, 72 in that match but lost in the playoff.


Seniors Owen Borski (16-3, 47.5) and Robert Maheu (10-7-1, 50) also return as do juniors Jake Starr (2-3) and Nick Zogrodney (1-2).


“Although we haven’t been on the course as of yet, the team has proven themselves to be a dedicated group that have been studying the fundamentals of golf. This group has worked hard in the summer and fall to improve themselves and will be ready when the season opens,” Garceau said.


Other returners for the Centaurs include Aidan Anderson, Eddy Chen, Pan Chrisovechotis, Justin Marcotte, Rockwell Valentine and Grayson Walley.


The Centaurs are scheduled to open on Thursday, April 4 at home against East Lyme.