It may have felt like winter returned last week, but even Mother Nature couldn’t cool of the Duxbury girls’ golf team’s red-hot start to the spring season.
The Dragons played through the rain to blank Cardinal Spellman 6-0 at the Duxbury Yacht Club on April 15 and then fought through the cold, wind and mud on the course the next day for a 3.5 to 2.5 win over the Falmouth Clippers to head into the school vacation with a 5-0 record.
Both senior captain Maeve McCarthy and sophomore Cammy Schiller were 5-4 winners against the Clippers, while Schiller’s playing partner, junior Annie Turner, won her match 5-3. Sophomore Katie Daley tied her match while playing alongside McCarthy on a cold and blustery day that made lining up shots a challenge for both teams.
“The day before, they played Cardinal Spellman in the rain and today was really windy and cold,” head coach Jack Stoddard said. “But the girls all played well.”
The win over the Clippers was a big one for the Dragons as Falmouth will be one of the teams Stoddard expects to challenge the Dragons both in the league and the state tournament. With 1.5-point victory last week, and their 4-2 win over Barnstable on April 8, the Dragons are now in the driver’s seat against their toughest rivals.
“[Barnstable and Falmouth] are the two strongest teams,” Stoddard said. “We beat them both, but they were both home matches and we still have to go play on their courses.”
The Dragons will have to wait until May when they begin the second half of their schedule for their two tough road tests, but they will return to the links with back-to-back away matches on the Cape. Duxbury will travel to Hyannisport and Falmouth for matches against Monomy and Nauset on Tuesday and Wednesday before hosting Nuaset at the Yacht Club on Thursday. Stoddard said he expects each week to be just as hectic over the final month of the season, but added that the team has put in the work and should be ready to round into form in the second half.
“Now we’re taking our game on the road, but the girls have put in a lot of work playing in tournaments over the summer and fall,” he said. “And they’re going to play even better as it gets warmer.”