PITTSFIELD — The high school golf season started with a win for Mount Everett against St. Joseph on Tuesday at Pontoosuc Lake Country Club. While St Joseph's Michael Gingras was the medalist a low score of 43, Mount Everett came away with a team score of 208 while inconsistency led to a 251 on the day for St. Joseph.
After an 0-11 season last year, Mount Everett was able to pick up their first win against a St. Joseph team that was 5-9 in 2015.
Mount Everett features a team of six freshmen with four more golfers that are either in seventh or eighth grade. Leading the way for the team was eighth-grader Kolby Bleau, who is in his second year golfing for Mount Everett.
"It was pretty cool [leading the team as an eighth grader]," Bleau said. "I played a lot near the end of the summer [to get ready for the season]."
For the rest of the group, Colby Stevens and Ethan Benoit each shot 53, while Cooper Rothdoss was right behind them at 54.
Over the summer, the golfers for Mount Everett even received free memberships to Egremont Country Club from owner Frank Mazzarelli to work on their game.
"They haven't been practicing as much as they could've," ninth-year coach Fred Finkle said jokingly. "This is not only the youngest team I have had, it is also the smallest team I've had. But, these kids are fearless, they get the 90 percent error while we got the ten percent tree."
While he had the best round of the day, Gingras was more focused on the things he still needs to work on in his final season golfing for St. Joseph.
"Last year I struggled a bit and I look forward to turning it around [this year]," Gingras said. "My focus is my tee shot and my slice, two things I differently need to work on."
The biggest issue for St. Joseph is their depth. While Mount Everett has ten golfers, St. Joseph only has four, leaving little-to-no room for error.
Connor Thurson shot a 62, Jacob Felix finished with a 64 and Mike Losardo recorded an 82.
"We have some really good players," tenth-year coach Fran Brilliant said. " My hope is that a few more kids come out, it would just be nice to have a full team of six. This is easily the smallest team I have ever had, I know that it is hard for the young guys who are being thrown into a competitive situation."
Mount Everett returns to action Friday at home against Taconic. St. Joe returns to action on Tuesday at Taconic.
Mount Everett (208) — Kolby Bleau, 48; Colby Stevens, 53; Ethan Benoit, 53; Cooper Rothdoss, 54; Spencer Broderick, 76; Marc Gogel, 74.
St. Joseph (251) — Michael Gingras 43; Connor Thurson, 62; Jacob Felix, 64; Mike Losardo, 82.