Jackson boys aim to defend district golf crown

  • David Pan<br>Enterprise sports editor
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:55am


The Jackson golf teams are a study in contrasts.

The boys squad returns plenty of experience including three state returners in Sean Fitzpatrick, Ryan Young and Chris Vargas. Newcomer Jeff Neeley helps bolster the lineup.

The Timberwolves are looking to repeat as district champions.

“We did a great job last year and peaked at the right time,” Jackson head coach Michael Tong said. “We’ll be a strong team (this year).”

Jackson started out well, taking first place in the Tom Dolan Invitational last month at the Everett Golf and Country Club.

“We ended up with about as good a starting five as we could ask for,” Fitzpatrick said of the team.

The girls squad, under first-year coach Bill Moore, is in a rebuilding phase.

“I basically have a team with very little experience,” Moore said. “But we have an awesome group of girls. We’re building. … Give me a couple of years and we’ll have a pretty good team.”

Sophomore Megan Kao has a lot of potential, Moore said. “I would predict by her senior year she’ll be at state.”

Senior Alisa Carlson is a newcomer to the sport but has shown an eagerness and devotion to learn the game.

“They’re very committed,” Moore said of his players. “In each tournament we’ve set goals and we’ve met them. The first goal was to score points in the Stableford format. … Each tournament we’re getting a little bit higher.”

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