Brendan Duddy, captain for the Brien McMahon golf team, feels that this years golf team has potential and will have a chance to have the best record in years.
Duddy started playing golf in the 8th grade but only fell in love with it his junior year. He likes the fact that you can begin to play golf at such a young age and can continue to play into your old age.
Duddy is excited to see what this team will bring. He says he also loves playing for the golf team because of his coach, Robert Kane. “He [Kane] gives us a lot of freedom to develop and he’s super motivational giving us instructions even during our matches.”
Last year the golf team hardly had enough committed players to form a varsity team. Duddy spent this past offseason working on his game as well as recruiting athletes throughout McMahon in order to have a strong team. He says that while he has been focusing on this season and recruiting seniors, he also has been planning for the future of McMahon golf by targeting sophomore and freshman to join the team. Duddy’s efforts have shown, now having more than enough members for even a JV squad.
Coach Kane believes that Duddy has great leadership skills, is very positive and is very encouraging. He says he really shows that he loves this sport. “As a golfer he has much potential as anyone. He seems to have caught the ‘golf bug’ and will probably play for the rest of his life.”
Kane saw the improvement Duddy had made from the first time he’d seen him play in last March. By the end of the season Duddy was a solid 4th player. However, the golf team struggled with not having many players and weren’t able to be a competitive team.
“We were a lot younger last year, but with Peter and Paul Buellesbach, Sexias Aldridge and Brendan Duddy, we have a more experienced team coming back. We just need one or two players to make us competitive” Kane said in terms of what he expects for this season.
“I know that most likely we won’t be able to beat a lot of these teams we play but ik we’re going to be competitive. All we need to do is play our game and try and get into the other team’s head” Duddy added.
The golf team tees off for their first match Thursday, April 4th against St. Joseph at 3 pm. This match could set the tone for the rest of the season, hopefully positively.