The Wildcats played their first match of the year at Bellows Falls Country Club last Tuesday. Fairhaven came in first with a team score of 201. Following Fairhaven was Poultney with a score of 202; Twin Valley, with 219; and Green Mountain Union High School, with 222.
Leading the Wildcats was Beau Doucette shooting a 50, followed by Ernie Place with a 53; Scotty Hayford with a 55; and Mike Gramazio with a 71.
The Wildcats faced Green Mountain in a two-team matchup the following day and beat the Chieftains by 10 strokes, 209 to 219. Doucette led the Wildcats with a 47. He was followed by Hayford who shot a 51; Place with a 53; Chandler Halbur with a 58; Mike Gramazio with a 63; Connor Hunt with a 64; and Ricardo Pereira with a 67.
On Monday, Twin Valley faced their toughest challenge of the year at Mount Okemo. But out of a five-team field, the Wildcats fared well, coming in second, just behind division I runner-up Hartford. Hartford won the match with a low score of 162. The Wildcats placed second with a team score of 202, followed by Green Mountain at 211, and Black River at 219.
Halbur was the team’s low scorer, shooting a 48. Following Chandler were Doucette and Hayford shooting a 50 each; Place with a 54; and Pereira with a 64.
“The team is improving and it’s going good,” said Doucette. “The kids are into it this season and I like our chances to do well in the upcoming tournaments.”
In addition to hosting the southern sectionals, Doucette said Twin Valley will be hosting the Marble Valley Conference championships. The match was supposed to be held at Okemo but due to weather-related problems, the Mount Snow golf course was chosen as an alternate site.
The Wildcats’ next match is May 19 at Arlington and the Marble Valley Conference championship will be held the following day, May 20.