(Sept. 6, 2019) The Worcester Prep golf team may not have an abundance of experienced players, but it does have athletic participants.
“I feel it’s a rebuilding year, but the fact that the athleticism is there I think it’s going to be a fun season,” said Coach Don McMullen. “Some guys have never been on a golf team before but they’re very athletic and we’ve already seen early on that they’re pretty good players.”
He will look to the only senior on the team, captain Devin Wallace, to help lead the group.
Wallace earned All-Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference honorable mention accolades for his performance last season.
The 2018 squad went 22-6-1 overall and finished 10-0-1 in conference play. The Mallards also won the ESIAC championship. Several members of that team who were major contributors graduated.
Wallace has been on the team since he was a freshman.
“I know pretty much what coaches want and I know everyone pretty well and I feel like we can have a good year. I’ll try to help out where they need it, wherever I can,” he said. “I just want to play the best I can. I’m pretty excited for the season.”
Players are still going through qualifying matches to determine who will be on the varsity and JV teams.
There are six returning from last year’s varsity team – Wallace, juniors Kaden Mault, TJ Bescak, Teague Quillin and sophomores Riley Schoch and Ben Tinkler.
“I think the six returning members of the golf team, that’s part of the strength,” McMullen said. “They have been through the program.”
Mault has been a member of the team for three years.
“I’ll be able to help some of the new people with the stuff they don’t know how to do very well, like putting,” he said. “I’ve been playing golf five years, so I can use my experience to help the younger kids and help lead team. Some kids have improved a lot and as the season goes on they will get better.”
Newcomers who McMullen will look to contribute include juniors Mason Brown, who played soccer last fall, Carson Cebula and Ryan Brafman, and freshman Harrison Humes.
“A majority of the new kids have some golf experience and a few are just starting the game,” McMullen said. “These kids are coachable. They understand the game.”
The team is shooting for another ESIAC championship.
“We have individuals who are competitors and that will help,” McMullen said. “I think we’ll be in all the matches. It’s going to be competitive year.”
The first match of the season is Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 3:30 p.m. at Green Hill Yacht Club in Quantico, Maryland.