As I wrote earlier, today was the big season-ending tournament for New England prep schools (only 24 competed, one less than planned), the Kingswood-Oxford Invitational. My son Tim's Westminster team finished 3rd behind Avon Old Farms, whose five players shot a combined 391, and Deerfield Academy which posted a 396. The Westminster Martlets posted a 401, which included a 74, 75, Tim's 78, an 86 and 88.
The host club for the match, the Oak Ridge golf course in Feeding Hills, MA, is not long but today it played tough. The rough was almost U.S. Open length, the greens were hard (but not particularly fast) and the wind was gusting up to 15 mph. The overall low score of the 120 golfers was a 73. One of the low-handicap players in my son's group posted two quadruple bogies on the front nine, and a Westie teammate suffered a 10 on a par 5.
Although disappointed with the third place finish today, Westminster had an excellent season. When multi-team as well as head to head matches are calculated, the Martlets finished the season with a very respectable 39 wins and just 5 losses. Congratulations, Westminster.
Coming tomorrow: A review of Porters Neck Plantation in Wilmington, NC.