Dracut golfer Timothy Picard earns his wings at Bentley – Lowell Sun


Born and raised in Dracut, Timothy Picard was a fixture on the baseball diamond, before adding golf to his athletic repertoire in the seventh grade. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound, Newbury Street native quickly realized playing both sports, however, was counterproductive. He felt he had to pick one.Courtesy photo/Bentley Athletics
Lowell Catholic graduate Timothy Picard recently had his best performance with the Bentley University golf team shooting a 72 during the Penmen Fall Invitational, Sept. 20, finishing the day tying for 29th.Courtesy photo/Bentley Athletics

Golf is a lot like life. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it.

Perhaps no one knows this better than Timothy Picard.

Since first picking up the clubs as a seventh grader, to helping establish Lowell Catholic as a golf powerhouse, reaching the state tournament four consecutive years, the Dracut native has been cutting out his own unique niche on the links.

Currently a sophomore at Bentley, the 19-year-old finance major is now making another investment in the collegiate golf arena.

“It’s a lot tougher competition,” Picard told the Lowell Sun. “Back at Lowell Catholic, I had a good career. It was challenging, but not as challenging as college golf. It’s just a different level, but a good atmosphere and fun to play.”

Picard and his team recently let the good times roll at the Penmen Fall Invitational, an 11-team tournament at the Derryfield Country Club, Sept. 20-21. Bentley turned in a 297-288-585, entering the final round trailing host Southern New Hampshire University (560), Post (576) and Assumption (584).

Picard had his best performance as a collegian shooting a 150 over 36 holes. He fired a 78 during the morning round and surpassed that with a 72 in the afternoon, finishing the day tying for 29th.

“I didn’t play too well the first two rounds,” Picard said. “I kind of struggled off the tee a little bit. I made a triple on a par-30, which obviously set me back, but after that hole I didn’t play too bad. In round 2, I put everything together and came out with a 72, which was nice for the team. We shot a 288 that day, which placed us second all week with a 280.”

The tourney concluded the following day, with Bentley falling to fifth, shooting an 890, including a third-round 305. The Falcons missed placing in the top three by three strokes. The SNHU Penmen ran away with team honors, turning in an 840, winning by 28 strokes.

“Round 3 was just a bad day for everyone,” Picard admitted. “Golf is just different every single day. When you’re on a run like that, you can just use what the game is giving you. That makes it much easier. Some days you obviously play better than others, but when you have a nice stretch going, it makes it a lot easier.”

Born and raised in Dracut, Picard was a fixture on the baseball diamond, before adding golf to his athletic repertoire in the seventh grade. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound, Newbury Street native quickly realized playing both sports, however, was counterproductive. He felt he had to pick one.

“The swings are too much alike for me, and it was difficult to adjust,” Picard said. “So, I decided to stick with golf.”

Trading his aluminum bat for a 9-iron seemed like a natural progression for this once free-swinging slugger, with golf offering some added perks.

“I liked that I was able to play on my own, where baseball you really need someone else to help you practice, whether its hitting or fielding,” he said. “I liked being able to go out, play golf on my own at 7 a.m. and be done by 10. Then I’d go home or even play again.”

He fine-tuned his skills on the links at Lowell Catholic. The two-time team captain earned team MVP, and league Player of the Year honors his junior year, while helping the Crusaders to the state tournament annually, from 2017-20.

Sporting a nifty 36.2 career stroke average throughout high school, Picard also set a school record for low round at -3, three different times.

“I probably played in about 80 matches at Lowell Catholic, 20 every year,” he said. “It was a lot of fun. I played on some nice courses, got to play with some good friends of mine whose main sports were hockey, football or baseball. It was more of a good time. It gave us something fun to do.”

The one intangible that has carried him has been his drive, both mentally, as well as physically.

“I usually hit pretty straight,” Picard said. “So, if distance isn’t a big issue, I usually put up some good scores. I was lucky enough to do that a few times, getting out there and helping my team be as best as we could be to win.”

Breaking into Bentley’s roster his freshman year, Picard continued to apply himself.  He played seven rounds during the course of four non-championship events, while sporting an 80.1 stroke average. He tied for 17th of 39 in the Bentley Spring Invitational (83-76-159), which included his low score for both 18 and 36.

“Freshman year was a lot of fun,” said Picard. “We had some tough tournaments. Most were played in 40-degrees or colder, not as warm as this fall has been. It was fun just to see what college golf is like. I played in five tournaments, didn’t play too great, but I’m getting accustomed to the college golf world.”

When he’s not making a difference on the links, Picard can usually be found making a difference in his community. He has performed over 750 lifetime community service hours.

“I did pretty much everything,” said Picard, who started in sixth grade as a member of the National Junior Honor Society in Dracut. “We were required to perform 80 hours, I did about 210.”

His non-stop work ethic, coupled by his commitment to his community only continued to grow over the next few years, and all throughout high school.

“You had to perform so many hours to graduate, and I definitely exceeded those expectations,” said Picard. “I’ve done everything from working with kids to the elderly, helping out at food shelters, pretty much anything you can name, I’ve done it.”

One of his fondest memories was working a 30-hour week at a local food pantry.

“We helped stock the shelves and feed people who are hungry,” he said. “That’s a week I’ll always remember. It was something nice where Lowell Catholic gave us that opportunity to go out there and spend a week just helping people. I’ve always liked to help people like that.”

As for now, Picard is planning on helping Bentley College take the next step in its golf evolution.

The team has six more tournaments left on the schedule, with the NE10 Championships slated for Oct. 4-5, followed by two more tournaments the following two weeks.

“I think our team is deep,” Picard said. “We have 10 guys that can play well, so we should be good. Southern New Hampshire is a very good squad. They’re the frontrunners right now, but we have guys that can play. So whatever five are called upon each tournament I really think we have a good shot at getting there.”

While the fall isn’t necessarily due or die time, it serves as an excellent precursor for the spring, when the national rankings are revealed.

“Our goal is to get into regionals in the fall and have good momentum to carry us into the spring,” Picard said. “That would be very good for us. So, whether it’s me or any of the other guys on the team, I think everybody has a chance to go out there and play well.”

For now, however, he’s thankful for the opportunity to keep doing what he loves.

“I’m just lucky to be here,” Picard said. “I couldn’t have done this alone, whether it was family, friends or my coaches. I obviously couldn’t have done it without any of them. I appreciate everything that people have done to help get me here.”

“We’ll see what the next few years bring.”

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