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Cougar golf preview
DIXFIELD -- When a team assembles, there is usually several goals established and its up to everyone involved to strive toward them.
For those individuals who made up the Dirigo golf team last season everything proved to turn out positive.
It’s up to the current cast of Cougars to earn their own stripes because the bar has been raised. The program made some noise in the Mountain Valley Conference in 2010. Coach Seth Fournier had laid down the law by stating not "only are we looking at making the playoffs but we are striving and expecting to be playing for the MVC championship at Natanis (in Waterville) in October."
Dirigo did indeed advance to the conference championship and went on to place third in the Class C state meet; its
“Preseason is going good,” said Fournier. “I have five golfers all returning from last season. Three of them played varsity last year.”
They are senior Mitch Stanley and juniors Robbie Babb and Justin Chartier. These returning lettermen will hopefully benefit from having played on the different courses throughout the MVC.
Dirigo and Mountain Valley each share Oakdale in Mexico as their home course. The sport receives little fanfare, so every golfer must develop a strong mental game. Sr. Nick White and jr. Justin Mackin will need to contribute after each being on the team last fall.
The two losses were Justin Conant and Justin Richards. Conant worked himself into the lead role and emerged as a top golfer in the MVC.
“We are in a rebuilding phase this year,” said Fournier. “But we should improve as the season goes along. I think with some hard work we should be able to make another run deep into the playoffs.”
Babb and Chartier have each been in the starting lineup since freshmen. Fournier said that like last year St. Doms will be the team to beat. The Saints have lots of depth that is going to make them difficult to handle in each of the matches and meets. Mountain Valley is a year older and Spruce Mountain could be a factor.