Warriors edge past Rockets at Thomson Country Club


NORTH READING — The Warrior golf team played on its new home course for the first time yesterday afternoon and took full advantage as it prevailed over a strong Reading team by a 38-34 tally at the Thomson Country Club.

Wakefield increased its record to 3-1 overall with the win and is now 2-0 in the Middlesex League Freedom division.

“This will boost the kids confidence,” said Coach Dennis Bisso. “We were playing our first home match at the Thomson Country Club where the kids played a lot over the summer. They feel comfortable on the course. Also Reading was playing there for the first time and that probably was the difference in the match.”

The contest didn’t start off so well as David Melanson and Mike Guanci, both sophomores, were defeated at one and two by two outstanding Rocket golfers. Melanson was edged 5-4 and Guanci suffered a 7.5-1.5 setback.

At number three, junior co-captain Dylan Melanson got the points back with a decisive 7.5-1.5 triumph.

Senior co-captain Kevin Lamattina moved up to the fourth spot and posted a 5.5-3.5 victory.

The fifth and sixth positions is where the Warriors put themselves on course to get the win. At five, sophomore Tim Hurley earned a 6.5-2.5 victory, while at six, sophomore Austin Collard pulled out a 5.5-3.5 decision.

“Austin Collard has won his fourth straight match and I think Tim Hurley has two wins,” said Bisso. “They are both playing very well for us.”

Wakefield was close to the victory and even though it dropped the matches at seven and eight, the points recorded were enough for the Warriors to prevail. At seven, junior Steven Melanson was edged, 5-4, while at eight, junior Stephen Marino came up just short, 5.5-3.5.

The Warriors also had two alternates at the number nine and 10 positions. At nine, Justin Sullivan, a sophomore, halved his match, 4.5-4.5. At 10, junior Kevin Murray lost by a 6-3 tally.

Wakefield’s next outing will be on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. at the Winchester Country Club when it faces Winchester and Burlington in a tri-match.