by Ken Brown
STOWE – Three matches into their golf season the Hazen Union golf team have shown some promise, including medalist honors from first year player Brendan Moodie at their first home match of the year at Mountain View Country Club in Greensboro.
Brendan Moodie led the Wildcats with a 56 in their first match of the season at a challenging track in Stowe two weeks ago. Danville’s Zach Therrien (55) is practicing with the Hazen team this season and also posted a solid round. Moodie brought his game to a new level last Monday, firing a 44 to earn medalist honors. Andrew Menard was also strong for the Wildcats with a 49 and Therrien came in with a 54. Lamoille took first place team honors, led by Zach Schriber’s 54.
“Brendan has been a sponge, taking in all of the advice and steadily improving. He shot a stellar round, one of the lowest rounds in a first home match I’ve ever seen. Andrew was also very solid, challenging Brendan all day,” said head coach Jason McArthur.
Hazen Union posted a fourth place team total of 198 at Ryder Brook on Wednesday, just three shots back from host team Lamoille. Tyler Rivard and Xavier Hill led the Wildcats with a pair of 49s and Jadon Baker and Moodie each shot 50. Harwood placed first and Peoples Academy earned runner-up honors on the day.
“This was our lowest team score in quite some time and we are continuing to improve. Xavier and Tyler led our top four with solid rounds and Eliot Rosendahl and Andrew also made some strides with rounds in the low 60s. We’re pretty excited to have gotten invited to play in the Newport Invitational this week. It’s an 18 hole event and the first time Hazen will be represented as a team at the event in decades,” said McArthur.
McArthur’s Wildcats traveled back to Ryder Brook on Monday and will get a tune up at Orleans Country Club on Wednesday before playing in the Newport Invitational on Thursday.