Somerville High Fall 2011 Preview: Golf

Senior co-captain Rob Anderson (left) will try to lead the Somerville High golf team to a record better than their 0-9 2010 season. (Somerville Patch/Matt Temptesta)

(written for Somerville Patch)

With the school year underway, Somerville Patch will be previewing all eight fall sports programs at Somerville High School. Unsure how the Highlanders did in 2010? Want to know who might impact the upcoming season? Just want to know when the first game is? Read on and find out.

Golf

2010 Record: 0-9, 0-8 in the Greater Boston League

The Somerville High golf team simply isn’t on a level playing field with the rest of the GBL.

“Our practice facility really is only a driving range, as opposed to all the other schools we play,” coach Jay Hart said over the phone on Sept. 8. “They practice on an actual golf course.”

Additionally, the 2011 team will be composed mostly of younger players, many of who Hart said “have never played on a golf course.”

Although Somerville has several nearby golf courses, Hart said high membership fees and revenue-generating adult leagues prevent the Highlanders from ever getting sufficient practice time on them.

“It’s all about money,” Hart said. “If they can have four or five nights of leagues like Fresh Pond does, like Pine Meadows does, that’s what they’re going to do, because it’s the almighty dollar. That’s what they have to look after.”

Still, Hart said, the Highlander golfers always maintain a good attitude, even in the face of adversity.

“They’re always enthusiastic,” Hart said. “They love playing golf. They love competing.”

Hart said this attitude might be a better byproduct of the season than any wins-loss record could be.

“Sometimes winning is secondary. I’d like them to enjoy it, maybe play golf for a lifetime.”

First 2011 game: Monday 9/12 at Cambridge Public, 3:30 p.m.

Home Opener: Thursday 9/15 vs. Everett at Indian Ridge Golf Club (Andover), 3:30 p.m.

Players to watch: Co-captains Kyle Higgins, junior, and Rob Anderson, senior

“They’ve really improved over the last year or two,” Hart said, adding: “They play a lot. If they have the opportunity to play with their friends, they’ll go out and play during the week or during June or July or August.”

Key to the season: Staying competitive early in matches against beatable teams like Malden (6-2 in 2010) and Medford (4-5 in 2010).