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Canterbury Golf Team Drives for School Records

Canterbury Golf Team Drives for School Records

It was a record-setting week on the links for Varsity Golf!

The excitement started Friday, May 3, against King School at Lake Waramaug Country Club in New Preston, Connecticut, where the team plays its home matches. The Saints shot a five over par 180, a school record over nine holes. Oliver Ramee ’24 led the team with a two-under-par score of 33. Next were Henry Hauser ’25 and Alexander Halpert ’26, who each shot a one under par 34. Paul “Michael” Parash ’25 and Maxim Pitts ’25 rounded out the scoring with a 37 and 42, respectively, in the win over King.

The following Monday, the Saints hit the road for a match with the Frederick Gunn School at the Washington Club in Washington, Connecticut. Against its archrivals, the team was equally impressive—just two over par with a 182 that bested Gunn’s 215. This time it was Henry leading the way with a 34 (two under par), with Alex one shot behind, Oliver and Michael each finishing with 37, and Max earning his lowest score of the season with a 39. It was the first time in Head Coach Bob Potter’s 17-year tenure that the team had all five scores in the 30s.

The icing on the cake was their outstanding showing two days later at the Western New England Invitational at the Bull’s Bridge Golf Club in South Kent, Connecticut. The boys earned fourth place out of 18 teams, their best finish ever after posting an overall score of 394 on the 18-hole course. Michael, Oliver, Alex, and Max had the top four scores for Canterbury. Following the Invitational, the team carried a 9-3 record into the stretch run of its season.

Bob credits experience, hard work, and composure for their achievements this year. “They have more tournament and competitive experience than past teams, and, more importantly, they understood the challenges from day one and were eager to meet them,” he said. “Golf requires a great deal of emotional and competitive maturity; each player needs to stay on an even keel. This group fully understands that concept. I cannot coach them during a match, so all their success comes from making their own adjustments and staying calm. In my 17 years of coaching golf here, this is the best team I have had.”

For Henry, it is all about team. “It was great to see it all come together and everyone play well,” he shared. “Everybody is contributing and making each other better. The team is playing some great golf, and I am enjoying every day with these guys.”

Props to the Varsity Golf team and its coach for a fabulous season so far—and an unprecedented week to remember!