ATHOL — Sometimes a record doesn’t matter.That is the case this season for the Mahar golf team. Mainly because there almost wasn’t a season for the Senators.During a 24-0 loss to Frontier Regional at Ellinwood Country Club on Wednesday, the Senators (0-12) continued to show the improvements they have made since the beginning of the season, when the team had several new players.If those new players had not played, the program would have folded for at least this season.“They are young and anxious,” Mahar coach Gerry Duguay said. “But they want to play. At first they weren’t sure if they were good enough. Now they are seeing progress.” Tucker Ninteau has played on the team for five seasons.“When I joined there were 10 kids on the team,” Ninteau said. “I’ve watched the interest in it decline. I worried last year that it was me and Andrew (Finch) left. We have a few young kids playing and it’s good to see them playing. On the first day there was some interesting golf … but they have come a long ways.” Ninteau, a junior and Mahar’s No. 1 golfer, has consistently put together quality scorecards this season. Ninteau carded a 43 against one of the best golfers in western Massachusetts in Frontier’s Mikey Corduff, who shot a 1-over-par 36.“This year I have been hitting my irons pretty consistently,” Ninteau said. “Which is helpful if I put myself in a tough situation.” The program was also looking for a coach at the beginning of the season before Duguay, who also coaches softball at Mahar, said he would take the job.“I don’t want to take all the credit for that,” Duguay said. “But you really have to find the right guy. It’s a one-guy show and you don’t get a lot of practice time. I just want them to have fun. If they don’t have fun the program is dead.” Ellinwood allows Mahar players to practice whenever they want.“They have been really good here to the kids,” Duguay said of Ellinwood. “This is a great course.” Jacob Bowers and Cameron Doyle have showed a lot of improvement for the Senators.“Jacob Bowers is hitting the ball much farther and much more clean since the start,” Ninteau said. “Cameron Doyle’s scores have been coming down consistently.” Ninteau tries to play as much as possible during the summer to prepare, and gets to a driving range as much as he can.“It’s tough to get to one,” Ninteau said. “The closest one is in Gardner. I just keep playing and trying to get better.” Finch shot a 62 for the Senators at the No. 2 spot while Bowers carded a 70.Doyle (67) and Aqib Khan (81) rounded out Mahar’s scorecard against Frontier. (function(d, s, id) {
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