This spring Sandwich High School senior Connor Mangelson wraps up his four season lacrosse career with the Blue Knights. He has played the game since the 6th grade and will once again this spring head for the state tournament as a defenseman for the Knights.
As a sophomore he discovered a love for the game of golf and joined the SHS team. Since then he has played in the Cape Cod Junior Golf Association, US Challenge Cup and the New England Junior PGA, as well as being a two-time Junior Club Champion at the Ridge Club. He was the Ridge Club Parent Child Tournament Champion in 2013 and 2014 and the New England PGA Junior Tour Parent Child Champion in 2014. He is a two-time Atlantic Coast League All-Star and last fall was a captain for the Blue Knight golf team.
He is an honor roll student. As a junior he received a SHS Character and Dedication Award and has been a peer leader and senior mentor. He volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Youth Street Reach, as well as with golf tournaments supporting the Sandwich Food Pantry and Golf for All Special Olympics. He also helped organize a fundraising event this past fall, to raise money for Bunkers In Baghdad and the Golf For All organizations.
How has the spring lacrosse season gone for the Blue Knights?
The Blue Knight varsity lacrosse team is an athletically skilled team. Most players have been playing together since youth lacrosse. This year we had a solid season, with struggles and successes, and are continuing to work on improving our game as we head to the postseason. I’m looking forward to the postseason as I think we have a chance to go deep. If we stick together and work as a team, we have the capability of making it far.
You also played golf for the Blue Knights.
I played golf for SHS during the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons. We were state champions for the 2012 season which was an awesome way to begin my golf experience at SHS. My game has continually improved since I began playing. I am a long ball hitter, carrying the ball about 280 to 290 yards with a roll out of anywhere between 300 and 320 yards; lately I’ve been clearing the range into the wind with my driver. My iron game is pretty solid as well.
You have played golf outside of SHS.
During the summers between sophomore and junior year, and junior and senior year, I joined and played in the Cape Cod Junior Golf League, US Challenge Cup and the New England Junior PGA. I enjoyed the competitive play and getting to play courses all over New England. It was a great experience and learning opportunity for me.
What clubs do you carry in your bag?
I carry 14 clubs in my bag; I play Titleist 712 irons, my driver is a Titleist 913 D3, and I rotate my putter between a couple of different Scotty Camerons. I play Titleist Pro V1 X golf balls. I started out playing golf with Titleist clubs and have stuck with them because they work for me and my game. I like the feel of hitting a Pro V1 X golf ball better than any other.
If you could play any course anywhere with anyone, what would you do?
If I could play any course, with anyone, I would play Augusta National with my dad, Robert Mangelson, as my partner. Augusta National is one of the most beautiful, challenging, exclusive courses in the world and I’d love to competitively experience it with my dad. My dream foursome at Augusta would be Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, me and my dad. That would be awesome.
Graduation is almost here.
I am ready to graduate and I believe my experiences at Sandwich High School have prepared me for my future. These four years feel like they went by at lightning speed. I will take with me some great memories from my time here. I am eager to begin my college years and move closer to my dream of working in the golf industry.
Who has been your inspiration?
My dad has been my biggest inspiration. He has taught me hard work and dedication and has instilled in me the importance of gentleman-like behavior on and off the golf course. He has always supported my interests and dreams and is my biggest golf fan.
Is there anyone to whom you would like to say thank you?
I would like to start by thanking my amazing mother for her unconditional love, support and guidance, without whom I could not have made any of my dreams come true. I want to thank my dad for his love, support and guidance and for being a great golf competitor for me. I also want to thank my teachers Mrs. Kathi Duffy and Mrs. Elizabeth Donahue for giving me the confidence to set goals and chase my dreams, and I want to thank coach Brent Pearsall for believing in me and motivating me to play golf and lacrosse. I’d like to thank golf professionals Jay Askew and Bob Travers for teaching me how to play golf and for supporting the SHS golf team, and Jerry Bellis for believing in me and introducing me to the golf industry. Finally, I’d like to thank my friends and teammates for four great years.
Do you plan to attend college?
In the fall I will be pursuing a business degree in PGA golf management at Methodist University in North Carolina. I am hoping to play golf for Methodist and be part of its NCAA D3 winning team.