Boulger, Drury finding success on the course
DALTON -- The whispered voice from the movie "Field of Dreams" said that if you build it, they will come.
That voice could have been talking about the Drury golf team. The Blue Devils, who have won only four matches in the last two years, improved their record to 3-1 by knocking off previously undefeated Wahconah Regional 187-194 on Tuesday afternoon. Drury coach Don Dagnoli’s building project is beginning to take off.
Drury’s Alex Boulger was medalist, as he shot a 5-over-par 42 on the back nine at the Wahconah Country Club. Boulger’s round started with a par and ended with a birdie.
"It all starts with Alex and Matt [Lawrence]," said Dagnoli, who has only one senior on a team that was winless two years ago. "They promote the program. They’re great kids. Everybody’s sort of bought into it and everybody’s working hard.
"We’re just trying to get better every day."
It was not the greatest of days for anyone on the back nine. There were five rounds of 50 or more recorded.
The 3-1 record for the Blue Devils means they have most of the season to equal last year’s total. The win also gave Wahconah a 3-1 record.
"Being as young as we were, we always knew that we have to work hard," said Boulger. "We don’t have any top seniors that are going to shoot in the 30s every time. We just tried really hard in practice. Everyone worked hard. We knew that all this work, when we’d get a little bit older and a little bit stronger and pay off, that we’d do good."
It would be fair to say that nobody did great on Tuesday, but Boulger did the best of all 12 golfers out there.
The 42 wasn’t Boulger’s best score of the year, but it was one of his better road scores.
"The only thing that hurt me today was putting. I just couldn’t read the green. It was so tough," said Boulger, who had four bogeys and a double-bogey 6 on the 11th hole.
"My woods came out today. I’ve been driving bad all year," he said. "I’ve been hitting irons off tees. Today, I finally took out my driver and it paid off."
The 11th hole was a real problem for Boulger, who made it to the green on the par-4 hole in regulation. He missed a par opportunity and settled for a double bogey.
"I was on in regulation for seven out of the nine greens," said the only senior in the Drury lineup. "I just couldn’t putt."
Lawrence is Drury’s No. 1 player, and he finished with a 45. The junior said that the win over Wahconah was a nice milestone victory.
"It’s a very nice win. We needed it," he said, "especially on the road. In the future we’re going to do better, but in the last few years, we’ve struggled on the road."
Lawrence’s 45 was the second-best round of the day. Perhaps befitting the fact that the Blue Devils are 3-1, the junior said he wasn’t very happy with how he played.
"No, not at all," he said. "I probably three-putted maybe six holes. The greens were tough to read, tough to figure it out."
Dagnoli and Wahconah coach Pete Terpak would probably agree to one thing -- none of the scores were particularly good. Wahconah’s best score belonged to Mitch Salvini, who shot a 46. Freshman Nick Bator, who played out of the No. 5 position for Drury, helped decide the match with a 49. He was one of only three Blue Devils to shoot under 50.
The Blue Devils can equal last year’s win total today with a home victory against Hoosac Valley at the North Adams Country Club.
"We’re very pleased with where we are," said Dagnoli. "We’re just taking it one match at a time. That’s all."
WAHCONAH (193) -- Cam Collins 52, Mitch Salvini 46, Tyler Garrett 49, Padraic Dougherty 49, Jasper Basiliere 57, Nick Cerrone 49.
DRURY (187) -- Matt Lawrence 45, Alex Boulger 42, Nick Trombley 51, Nick Bator 49, Nick Boulger 51.
Birdies: Salvini (18th). A. Boulger (18th).
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