ARHS golf team ‘worked hard and came together’

The ARHS golf team had high hopes of improving after a 2016 season finish at 9-8.

As of late October, the Hurricanes were 7-6 and looking to make the MIAA playoffs behind the leadership of senior captains Anna Casagrande and Richard McIntire, and second year head coach Carl Vigeland.

The leadership was a blend of the new and the experienced.

While Casagrande was a veteran golfer who started playing at a young age under the guidance of her PGA professional father, and Coach Vigeland was a golf expert who has written books on the sport, Mclntire didn’t start playing golf until tenth grade.

The original plan to “get out of class early every week to go to away games,” said McIntire, has changed. “[I’ve] really fallen in love with the sport.”

In the two seasons before Coach Vigeland arrived, the team had a negative record and no hopes of even making the playoffs.

“Under Coach Vigeland the team had really worked hard and come together,” said McIntire. “We were winning games because of that. I’m really proud of where we were at.”

Not everything was perfect for the golf team though.

In addition to increasing the level of his personal play, McIntire said that he would’ve liked more fans to show up to the games.

“Golf has a bit reputation for being a boring game, but during this season we had a lot of very exciting moments and we would’ve loved for more student fans to come out and experience [them] and get involved. It would’ve really helped us a lot,” he said.

“I’m just so excited that the team was out of its slump and back to winning again,” McIntire added, with an excited grin on his face.

The team had made the MIAA playoffs and were looking to win the Western Mass D1 Championships this month, a feat that seemed almost impossible three short years ago, until losing their first playoff match.

“All eyes were towards the playoffs and we tried our hardest to bring home the championship,” said McIntire.

The match held on October 23 at Chicopee Country club was won by Longmeadow High School.