BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity golf team is up to par so far this season, going undefeated after its first two matches.
The team is 2-0 after defeating Foxcroft Academy and Ellsworth High School 183-205 in the first match of the season, and again winning over George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill last Friday 170-187.
“We’ve comfortably won all of our matches so far,” said head Coach Jon Nicholson. “We’re right where I thought we’d be.”
Nicholson’s son Kyle Nicholson medaled in the Foxcroft game with a score of 44, and Riley Swanson took the medal against GSA with a score of 40.
Nicholson, Swanson, Seth Clark, Delaney Smith, Aaron Snurkowski, Alden Burgess, Nick Stanley and Colyn Rich make up the eight-player roster.
Nicholson said his players are aiming high for those low scores.
“We are right on target, and it’s really exciting that we’ve got such a deep, consistent team,” he said.
The players have three more weeks of practice and seven matches until the Penobscot Valley Conference invitational on Sept. 29. The two lowest-scoring teams in that match will advance to the state championships.
The Trojans have qualified for the state championships in each of the past two years. That is what the players are focused on over the next month.
“Practice is really important right now,” said Nicholson. “With the matches, it’s nice to win them, but it’s not that important.”
Nicholson said the team is working on every aspect of the game during practice to ensure success in the PVC qualifying match.
“We are trying to fine-tune different parts, from the short game, and we set up a driving range at Kebo to practice driving,” he said. “It’s more fine-tuning everything so the kids are comfortable with every part of the game.”