Successful Season for Inexperienced Wildcat Golf Program

by Ken Brown

ST. ALBANS – The Hazen Union golf team was green this fall, but had a huge uptick in participation numbers for Jason McArthur’s program. He sent four members to sectional qualifying last week, wrapping up their 2021 season.

Andrew Menard (113), Jadon Baker (114), Xavier Hill (115), and Tyson Davison (122) represented Hazen Union (464) last week in sectionals, playing in their first ever 18-hole varsity match at Champlain Country Club last Wednesday. Stowe blitzed the field with a team total of 351, besting runner-up Harwood by sixteen shots. 

“For a team that was playing sectionals for a first time, I’m very happy with their scores,” said McArthur. “It was a six-hour round playing in groups of five and that is a long time to keep your mental game going. I think they all had one or two holes they would like to do over, but they kept competing. I’m looking forward to seeing Andrew, Jadon, and Xavier make it back to sectionals next year. I saw potential in each of them and if they continue to play over the summer, their scores will continue to drop and hopefully we can get a few more underclassmen to join them,” added McArthur.

Riley Richards of U-32 and Otter Valley’s Lucas Politano were co-medalists, with low rounds of 74 on the day. Richards is the youngest son of Craftsbury Academy legend Pete Richards and younger brother of Bryson, who was a star for the Raiders and now plays for the University of Rhode Island. McArthur had two seniors come out for the team this fall without any prior varsity experience. Aasha Gould made two holes-in-one in the same week during practice rounds in September at Mountain View Country Club in Greensboro. Tyson Davison took one golf lesson from McArthur to start the season and made it all the way to sectionals.

“Aasha will definitely be remembered for that remarkable week and the aces, but also for his positive attitude as he learned the game. What Tyson accomplished speaks to his work ethic as he managed to learn golf while balancing playing varsity soccer. I wish them both years and years of playing the game. Our team also wants to thank Mountain View Country Club for allowing us to play and host matches this season,” said McArthur.