The Bourne varsity golf team picked up in 2019 where they left off last fall—beating up the South Coast Conference.

With a new look to the roster, the Canalmen opened up the golf season with an emphatic 128-68 victory against Seekonk on Tuesday, September 3 at home. Playing on the par 35 front nine of The Brookside Club, Bourne took the term home-field advantage to a new level.

“It was a gorgeous day. The sun was out. The wind was down. We played pretty well,” Bourne golf coach Rod Weston said. “But if you asked Seekonk they may have said the course was not as fun for them. They had a lot of first timers out there.”

Speaking of first-timers, the Canalmen were led by 8th grader Mya Murphy’s match-high 29 points as both teams played under modified stableford rules. A newcomer to the Canalmen in 2019, Murphy quickly impressed the team’s tri-captains of seniors Jared Baptist and Kam Sassone as well as junior Jake Lunedei.

“They came up to me during tryouts and told me she was the real deal,” Weston said. “She’s a very coachable young lady and possesses a good sense of humor. She’ll fit right in.”

She also possesses a strong golf game, as she followed up her 31-point practice round with a strong showing in her varsity debut.

Lunedei and Baptist weren’t far off Murphy’s total, with each tallying 21 points. Sassone added a 20-point afternoon while Ben Halunen (15 points) and Nick Petrillo (12 points) rounded out the Bourne scoring.

After graduating the top three players from last year’s SCC Championship team in Dan Strode, Max Hess and Joe Petrillo, Weston will be looking to a new group to repeat as champions in 2019. Both Baptist and Sassone are four-year varsity players while Lunedei is a three-year varsity player as a junior.

“It’s a deep team that has some good varsity experience at the top of it. I thought they all responded very well today,” Weston said.

Apponequet 152, Bourne 113

After edging out the Lakers for the SCC title last year, Apponequet entered its first game of the season looking for revenge.

Playing at The Brookside Club on Wednesday, September 4, the Lakers did just that, scoring a 152-113 road win against Bourne.

The 39-point difference wasn’t for a lack of effort by Murphy, who followed up her impressive varsity debut with a 31-point performance. Ben Halunen had 20 points while Jake Lunedei had 18 points. Jared Baptist and Kam Sassone each had 16 points points as Alex Dunn rounded out the scoring with 12 points.

Apponequet, meanwhile, had all six players rack up at least 20 points. Murphy was the top-point getter on the afternoon, edging out the Lakers’ Ryan Dandrea (30 points).

Bourne (1-1, 1-1 SCC) are off until Tuesday, September 10, when the Canalmen host SCC Small foe Fairhaven at The Brookside Club at 3:30 PM.

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