CONWAY — The Kennett High School golf team is in a rarefied position: first place in Division II with a record of 17-2-0. The Eagles enhanced their regular season standing last Thursday with a victory on their home North Conway Country Club course.
The Eagles scored 112 points, using the Stableford scoring system, topping second-place St. Thomas (19-4-0, fourth in season standings) who had 105, and Kingswood (11-12-0, sixth, with 97).
Leading the Eagles in scoring was Ben Dougherty with 26. Miles Woodbury added 25, Connor Tofflemeyer scored 23, Riley Fletcher posted 20, and Jeremiah Brito completed Eagles scoring with 18.
With four points awarded for a birdie, three points for par, two for a bogey and one for a double bogey, several Eagles are playing close to par golf. This puts the Kennett in great contention when the team state meet arrives on Oct. 17 at Sky Meadow Country Club in Nashua.
Monday's meet at Pembroke was cancelled due to rain and rescheduled to Wednesday. Kennett will complete the regular season on a challenging Pembroke Pines course against Milford (2-21-0, 12th) and host Pembroke (6-17-0, 9th).
Tuesday, the Eagles were at Portsmouth Country Club, where Coach Ed Bradley anticipates that gusty winds could be a factor on the gorgeous ocean-side course. Second-ranked Hollis-Brookline (20-3-0) and host Portsmouth (9-14-0, eighth) provide the competition, so the head-to-head battle of the top two Division Two golf squads will be telling.
Bradley attributes the golf team success to "a bunch of guys who really like to play golf; they play a lot." With lots of practice time between Wednesday and state team meet, Bradley anticipates lots of activity fine-tuning each players game in all aspects of driving, putting, chipping, shot and club selection.
Additionally, plans for a practice match are in the works to keep the Eagles match day mentality keen.
With strong efforts and scoring at Sky Meadow, Bradley projects that all five team members may qualify among the top 20 to continue to the individual championships on Oct. 20 at Beaver Meadow.