Academy’s JV Golfers Surprise Coach With Big Season

When he first assessed the talent level on his Pinkerton Academy junior varsity golf squad during the late summer, coach Jim Fletcher didn’t think he had a 17-2 squad that would tie for the state junior varsity team title on his hands.

But later, when he was able to sit back and review the 2014 campaign, those were the accomplishments upon which the veteran coach and teacher relished proudly.

“It was an excellent season for the JV’s, and several players showed a great deal of improvement,” said Fletcher. “I didn’t see this type of season at the outset, but all the players continued to work hard and saved their best golf for the end of the season.”

There at the end, Fletcher’s fine force shot a team score of 177 in the JV State Tournament on their own Hoodkroft home course in Derry, and that team tally tied with Exeter for first place.

“Unfortunately, we lost the tie-breaker on a match of cards,” said Fletcher.

Individually, Astros’ junior Carter Young shot a 42 to finish second among the individual golfers in the tournament, and his freshman teammate Cody Sullivan shot a 43 to end up fourth individually.

Along with that skilled duo, the 2014 Pinkerton JV crew included junior Keygan Nacos, sophomores David Currier, Caitlin Menzie, and Josh Barton, and freshmen Ty Letoile, Noah Kierstead, and Lewis White.