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Falcon golf team preview
RUMFORD -- There is several new firsts on the Mountain Valley High School golf team because of the new faces, which could be challenging.
The new faces include coach Adam Curato, who takes over the Falcons program that has struggled on the fairways and greens, over the previous few years. Hopefully, a fresh outlook will turn MV in the right direction.
''We have a lot of new faces on the team starting with the coach as this is my first year,'' said Curato, who also has been coaching the MV girls' soccer team. ''All but one golfer this year has no experience with playing in a golf match. We have four participants that have never played golf but have put in the effort to learn the game.''
It might be quite a task to get off on the right steps because there is no senior returning lettermen. The best thing to try early on is to preach patience, until every one gets accumented to the surroundings at the Oakdale course.
The promising Newcomers include seniors Trenton Virgin, Abbey Pinkham, Katie Mills and Brittany Gaudet.
The lone junior is Cody Cunningham. There is a pair of sophomores, Kevin Chase and Zach Zinck, and a pair of freshman, Riley Bell and Nate Legere, so if these underclassmen stick with the sport it will bode well for the future.
''During the preseason, we have spent most of our time teaching about the game, like how to swing, chip, putt. Our strengths this year will be our short game as I see our golfers being very proficient with chipping and putting. Our weakness is our lack of experience," said Curato.
The top two players that have posted the more consistently lowest scores have been Virgin and Bell.
Curato knows other teams in the Mountain Valley Conference will be tough, led by St. Doms; is a predominant favorite being that they won states last year.
''I look forward to seeing all the teams compete and look forward to see how our golfers can compete with the other teams,'' said Curato.