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Big Blue Beat: Boys' Varsity Golf Team

By Ethan Malzberg '19

Head Coach: Joe Forte

Last season's highlights:
Captained by Josh Baum '17 and Jake Mayer '17, who is currently a varsity starter on Princeton University's golf team, Big Blue had a successful 2017 season, with a record of 13 wins and three losses. The team won the Somerset County Tournament title at Neshanic Valley Golf Course, defeating Bridgewater-Raritan by seven strokes. There, Jake—named Courier News Boys Golfer of the Year last spring—shot an even par 72 to earn his third consecutive county title. He also earned a Skyland Conference Championship victory, leading the team to a third-place finish. Following a second-place finish in the NJSIAA Non-Public "B" North Championships, at which Jake took first for the second year in a row, Big Blue's season culminated with the entire team advancing to the Tournament of Champions.

What to watch for this season:

• Despite losing to graduation two strong senior leaders in Josh and Jake, the team is still under strong leadership with sole senior and this season's captain, Will Capanna.

• An impressive group of 13 returning varsity players are on the roster this season, according to 32-year Head Coach Joe Forte. In addition to Will, other golfers to watch include Michael Gallagher '19, Jack Grier '19, and Ben Mandelbaum '19 as well as sophomores Alec Gliemel '20, Ian Larson '20, and Burke Pagano '20.  

• Five new underclassmen are also joining the roster: Ethan Harmatz '21, Matthew Mandel '20, Hardy Mennen '20, Narayan Murti '21, and Jake Shannon '21.

• The team was hard at work with preseason practices over Spring Break, and the season officially kicks off with a match against South Hunterdon on Wednesday, April 4 at Watchung Valley Golf Course.

Full-court Press:
"Our expectations for this year are to challenge for all of the tournament titles—the county and conference tournaments, state sectionals, and to make a big effort to advance again as a team to the Tournament of Champions. We have a lot of returning players, and even though we have a young team, we expect to be just as good as—or even better than—last year."—Head Coach Joe Forte

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