Milford Golf Raising the Bar After Strong Start
By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist · September 30, 2016
The Milford High golf team, buoyed by a 5-1 start through the first two weeks of the season, is looking to do more than simply qualify for the district tournament as a team. Head coach Jay Potty said the Scarlet Hawks have a strong performance at the districts and a spot in the state tournament squarely in their sights.
"The kids are starting to see they can compete with some of these really good teams in the Hockomock League and the win column is starting to show it," Potty said. "Our goal is to win the league and ultimately make districts as a team and then take it a step farther.
"Once we get there, it would be fantastic to compete and make states as a team," Potty added. "That is something that is well within reach."
Milford started the week needing just three more dual meet victories to secure a spot in the district tournament. The Scarlet Hawks have been paced by their two senior captains, Ryan Tomaso and Anthony Arcudi. Tomaso has posted nine-hole scores in the 30s in every match but one, and has a stroke average of 38. Arcudi has consistently been in the low 40s, Potty said.
"These guys are the leaders out there," the coach said. "They put pressure on themselves to go out there and score and they do it, but a lot of people are pitching in. We are a deep team."
Tylor Renaud is one player who has scored for the Hawks, averaging around 42 for a nine-hole round.
"Every time we need a score, it seems like he has been the guy to step up and provide it for us," Potty said.
Anthony Fauerbach is also consistently in the low 40s, helping Milford put together a complete lineup in a format where the top four scores in a match count toward the team total.
Milford's first five matches of the year matched the Hawks up against fellow Davenport Division foes and the only setback was an eight-shot loss to North Attleboro on the road. After what Potty described as a quiet week this week — just two matches scheduled against Franklin and Hopedale — Milford will take on Canton Monday at Hopedale Country Club. The Bulldogs won the first four league matches on their schedule and have, along with Milford and North Attleboro, established a three-way fight for first place in the division.