Mashpee High School’s boys’ golf team went deep a year ago, and if this was a normal year, they’d be favored to do it once again. Despite the loss of departed senior Kyle Puchol, who was one of the premier golfers in the South Shore League, the Falcons should still fly high in league play this year thanks to the brothers Spencer and an improved cast around them.
Colin Spencer is in the conversation for best all-around golfer on Cape Cod. The junior has all of the shots you need to be competitive in his bag, and he can hit them all well. Not only is his game solid, but so is his demeanor on the course. Head Coach Shawn Chicoine stresses the importance of playing the golf course shot for shot and staying level-headed while doing it. Colin Spencer is very adept at that part of the game, and next year when he’s a senior, he will surely be considered one of the favorites to take home the Division 3 individual championship.
With two matches in the books heading through Tuesday, October 7, Spencer was leading the team with a modified scoring average of 24 points per match.
Jack Spencer, a sophomore, is not a clone of his older brother, but he’s got a game that is similar, even if they go about getting there a little differently. The younger brother is a bit more fiery, but he puts up great numbers and also can hit all the shots that need to be hit. He was right on Colin’s heels for top scoring average on the team after the first two victories by the Falcons, averaging 23.5 points per outing.
“They’re definitely two different personalities,” Chicoine said. “They’re playing together, for now, and we’ll see how that goes. Sometimes the whole brother thing can be a thing that has to be reined in when two brothers play on the same team. So far, so good, though. They’re playing well, and the other guys are starting to come along.”
The other guys are the reason the team won its first three matches, topping Cohasset, Carver and Abington to open up 3-0 in an 11-match season. The team has a big non-league showdown set up for Friday, October 9, when they take on the rock-solid Sandwich High School team. SHS returned all of its big players from last year’s team that finished third in Division 2.
Jack Howard is back from last year’s team and moved up a spot on the ladder and is playing in the third position. Howard is scoring well to start the year, which is the result of his being committed to the craft, Chicoine said: “He’s put in the work. He’s working on being consistent, and you can tell that he wants to get better.”
Senior Owen McGovern is another player that has seen his practicing during the off-season payoff. The oldest member of the team is known for having a spitfire personality, and he’s reining in his emotions and playing strong golf for the Falcons. “You can tell he’s come along and has put in a lot of practice,” Chicoine said.
Jack Stone is playing in the number five spot for the Falcons, and if the golf bug had caught him a little earlier in life, he would probably be even closer to the top of the order. Stone’s father, Dan, is the groundskeeper at Quashnet Valley, but the junior did not take full advantage of his connections until the past few months when he discovered just how much he enjoys playing the game. Chicoine said that Stone, who like McGovern also plays hockey for the Mashpee-Monomoy cooperative high school team in the winter, is gaining momentum all the time.
“His game is improving steadily and at a steep curve,” the coach said.
Sophomore Cullen Dunn saw time with the varsity last year at times and has shown flashes that he is going to be a very solid contributor. Dunn can hit the ball well but is looking to smooth out the edges and become a more steady player from hole to hole. “If we just get him to be a little more consistent, he’s going to be okay,” Chicoine said.
Seventh grader James Serafini doesn’t have the size yet to hit the ball as far as some of his older teammates, but the building blocks are certainly there. A fundamentally sound player, Serafini has potential and is sure to be a player the Falcons can depend on in the years to come. Freshman Noah Burke also is on the roster. New to the team, he is learning the craft every day, and Chicoine believes he has potential. “If he sticks with it, he’s going to be okay,” the coach said.
Mashpee improved to 3-0 by knocking off Abington on Wednesday, October 7, winning by a 85-70 score in the modified Stableford system. Jack Spencer had the low round of the day, scoring a two-over par 37 for 25 points. Colin Spencer shot a 38 and scored 24 points. Jack Howard picked up 11 points, Owen McGovern had 9, and Jack Stone and Cullen Dunn each netted 8.
Earlier in the week MHS topped Carver in a rout, 118-38. Jack Spencer had 28 points, Colin Spencer had 26, McGovern picked up 16, Howard and Stone had 13 each, and Dunn scored 11.