MVRHS golf team defeats Somerset, 259-267

MVRHS golf team defeats Somerset, 259-267

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Zak Danz tees off at the third hole at Farm Neck Golf Club.

The Martha’s Vineyard Region High School fall sports schedule kicked off Tuesday afternoon when the golfers took on Somerset Berkley Regional High School at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs. The Vineyarders posted the lowest combined score to win by eight shots, 259 to 267.

Chris Mayhew reacts after missing a short putt.
Chris Mayhew reacts after missing a short putt.

The Vineyard team of eight golfers split into four pairs and each pair played against an opposing pair from Somerset.

Grant Santos is pumped after sinking a putt.
Grant Santos is pumped after sinking a putt.

Although the matches were played in extremely hot and humid conditions, the Vineyard team looks stellar, with each golfer shooting below 50: Finn Simpkins led the pack with a score of 36; Kaitlyn Marchand shot 42; Zak Danz shot 44; Mason Jeffers shot 45; Ben deBettencourt and Chris Mayhew shot  46; and Jack Reagan rounded out the group with a respectable 49.

Jack Reagan sends one up the fairway on the second hole.
Jack Reagan sends one up the fairway on the second hole.

A good first match by any standards, the Martha’s Vineyard golf team looks to be on the winning path this season after a memorable finish last year. when the team qualified for the state tournament and won the MIAA Division 3 South Section (Cape and Islands) championship. Despite losing both their captains to graduation, the Vineyarders are off to a hot start.