Local linksters building for a successful future

Considering the youth of this year’s North Pocono varsity golf team, things have been going relatively well.

The Trojans lost a number of players from last season to graduation and have been working hard through the summer and now, through the season as well.

Prior to hitting the links this past week, the NP gents were touting a 5-5 record.

Not too bad, really, when you take into account that the team is composed entirely of underclassmen.

“We didn’t have any juniors last year so the club has no seniors this season,” commented Head Coach Brian Fruehan.

The Trojans have a young club. Nick Ostrowski, Thomas Ruddy, Ryabn Dommes, and Stephen McNulty are juniors; Dan Evans, Eddie Olenchak, Nate Posluszny, and Colin Gilmartin are sophomores.

Matt Domanish and Jake Millan, one of the more promising players are just freshmen.

According to Fruehan, Millan has been batting the ball around the local links for six or seven years and comes from a good golfing family.

McNulty also shows promise for the Trojans future as does Evans, who already has a solid swing and is now fine tuning other elements of his game.

Balanced Effort

The Trojans opened at Muni on August 21 against Paupack and lost 5.5-3.5, then posted a 6.5-2.5 win over Scranton on August 23, also on the back nine at Scranton Municipal, North Pocono’s home course.

Jake Millan led the successful campaign against West Scranton at Pine Hills on August 25, shooting a 33 to help beat the Invaders 7-2 but NP went on to suffer an 8-1 home loss to Abington on August 28.

Losses on back-to-back days against Valley View and Honesdale dropped the Trojan linksters back into the red.

On August 30 they absorbed a lopsided loss playing on the Cougars course and the next afternoon lost 7-2 at home against the Hornets.

Their September 5 match at Delaware Valley was postponed due to weather until September 12, but the Trojans second stand with Scranton went well.

On September 7, they won playing on the front nine at Scranton Municipal.

There, Stephen McNulty and Dan Evans took three holes coming down the back stretch to lift the Trojans to a 5-4 victory over the Knights.

The challenging hills at Woodloch Springs were no friend to the Trojans when they teed off there against the Buckhorns on Sept. 11.

Paupack edged out North Pocono 6.5 – 2.5, but things improved later that week.

At home 48 hours later, the Trojans notched a 6-3 win over West Scranton.

Positive Prospects

The kids are good natured on the course and appear to understand the situation the team is in this season.

It’s safe to say it’s a rebuilding year. They know it, Fruehan knows it, and their opponents, also recognizing that, seem to know it too.

The mood on the tees at Woodloch was light-hearted and both squads shared a joke or two before teeing off.

“It’s been a tough season, but the kids come to practice every day and are putting in more time than other teams normally do in order to improve,” said Fruehan.

“They are getting better and things look good for next year and the following year too. We have four or five talented eighth graders and three good seventh graders we feel are going to strengthen the team.”

Looking Ahead

North Pocono will travel to Honesdale Monday for a battle with the Hornets.

The Trojans will then sit back and await the results and seedings from this year's pre-district tourney, which was to be played on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Elmhurst Country Club.

The 2017 District Two individual tournament is slated for Monday, Oct. 2 at Fox Hill Country Club.

In addition, the team tourney will also be held at Fox Hill. It is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6.