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Meet the seven Pingry seniors—equally committed in the classroom as they are in their sport—who earned this year's conference, county, Prep, and state honors. 

Big Blue Beat: Boys' Varsity Golf

By Meghan Durkin '21

Head Coach: Mark McAvoy

Last season's highlights: 
Led by captain Michael Gallager '19, who is now playing at Franklin & Marshall College, the team completed a successful season. Under a new head coach, Mark McAvoy, the boys finished 15-4. Adding to their impressive season, they defeated Watchung Hills and Gill St. Bernard's to win the Somerset County Championships, where Michael won the individual title and Hardy Mennen '21 finished third.  

What to watch for this season:

  • This year's captain, Burke Pagano '20, and vice-captains Alec Bliemel '20 and Ian Larson '20, look to continue last year's success. The team hopes to defend their county title and looks forward to playing in the Blue Devil Invitational at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield in late April. 

  • After losing three players to graduation, Coach McAvoy is looking to returning players to lead the team—in addition to the above captains and Hardy, those include Franklin Zhu '22 and Matt Mandel '21. 

  • Big Blue's season begins with a match against Bridgewater on April 1 at Raritan Valley Country Club. 

Full-court press:
"I am looking forward to a championship season . . . We have a very strong nucleus returning. [Last year] I was proud of how the boys handled adversity on the course when things were not going our way, as well as the class they showed winning or losing. My Pingry team plays as a team, which is hard because golf is such an individual game." —Head Coach McAvoy 

: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer,