Lowell High golfers get back into swing of things – Lowell Sun
As his team approaches the green, coach Brian Barry is anticipating a season of exciting new opportunities.
The Lowell High golf coach and his team endured their fair share of delays and cancellations over the past two years, due to the pandemic. But after a long offseason filled with uncertainty, the Red Raiders appear ready to finally get back in the swing of things.
“I’m looking forward to a full competitive season,” said Barry, entering his fifth season as head coach, ninth overall. “I’m also excited to get going with our new crop of freshmen.”
“We have some solid golfers returning,” he added “I’m hoping my upperclassmen can take a big step forward this year and lead the team to a state tournament berth. We have a lot of work to do between now and the end of the season to accomplish that goal.”
With its season opener at Lawrence set for Sept. 9, and home opener against Chelmsford slated for Sept. 15, LHS is taking full advantage of a weeks’ worth of preseason practice gearing up to the regular season.
The Red Raiders are coming off a 6-6 Covid-shortened run from a year ago, with the pandemic erasing any postseason plans. The team also took a hit in terms of sheer manpower, losing departing seniors Keegan Cote, Jake Desmond, Jake Vierra and Jack Ferry, to graduation over the summer.
Leading the way for the Red Raiders this season are senior tri-captains Dylan Kuczek, Steven Betty and Kiernan Foyle. The power trio bring a wealth of experience .
“They have competitive team-first attitudes,” said Barry. “All three will be depended on to be leaders and key contributors to our success this season.”
Junior journeymen Colin Pickett and Thomas Woodlock, along with senior Michael Pickett, and fellow returner Jack Geary, should provide some veteran experience.
Despite the roster changes, and dealing with various Covid protocols, the coach is confident his team will be ready for a full slate of action this fall.
“Last season we followed masking and distancing protocols,” Barry said. “We also had a shortened season. This year we are returning to our full match play schedule, which will provide better competition and enjoyment for the golfers”
Lowell will need all the help they can get, as they tee off against the top teams the Merrimack Valley Conference has to offer.
“MVC golf is always strong.” said Barry. “Haverhill, North Andover and Billerica [will be the teams to beat] in the large school [division]. Tewksbury and Chelmsford will be tough in the small school.”
So where does Lowell fit in the mix?
“We will get what we earn,” he said. “We have just enough talent to compete but will need everyone’s best effort to do so.”
The Red Raiders wouldn’t have it any other way.