by Ken Brown
GREENSBORO – Head coach Jason McArthur has two full-time players this season and six moonlighting soccer players as he continues to grow the Hazen Union varsity golf team.
Andrew Menard joins MacArthur’s squad this season, adding to his already impressive resume as a multi-sport athlete. Menard played hockey for Lyndon Institute last winter and shined on the mound for a highly successful Hazen Union baseball team that reached the Division III Final Four last spring.
Aasha Gould was also part of Hazen Union’s baseball run for head coach Spencer Howard last spring and will be a full-time golfer this fall before taking the hardwood for the Wildcats and Coach Hill this winter. Jadon Baker, Tyler Rivard, Tyson Davison, Fenton Meyer, Xavier Hill, and Eliot Resendahl round out the team, with Baker being the only one on the team with varsity match experience.
“A majority of the guys have played a lot this past summer and have seen their scores improving. Matches are always a little tougher, but I’m looking forward to seeing how they compete. I’ve seen a lot of potential in them already. It’s great to have so many players to work with this season and we hope to have a chance to qualify for sectionals later this fall,” said MacArthur.
Hazen Union had its first match against Peoples Academy on Friday, but Gould had a very special week of practice leading up to the start of the season. He recorded his first career hole-in-one at Mountain View Country Club on Wednesday and followed that up with his second ace of the par-three fifth hole on Thursday. Gould shot a 51 on Friday and Menard shot a 50 in what was the first varsity golf match for both players.
“What Aasha did in practice last week was something I had never heard of happening before. Andrew and Aasha had a couple of bad holes on Friday, but they did a nice job of recovering in their first match of the season,” said MacArthur.
Hazen Union hosted its first match of the season on Monday at Mountain View Country Club in Greensboro and is scheduled to travel to Northfield on Wednesday.